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Canadian government enacts Fair Rail Freight Service Act
Progressive Railroading
Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Denis Lebel announced the Fair Rail Freight Service Act was enacted after receiving Royal Assent. The law requires railroads to offer a service agreement to companies shipping goods by rail, if requested by a shipper. If railroads and shippers can't reach an agreement through commercial negotiations, shippers can employ a new arbitration process to establish service terms.
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Canada, US calling for review of empty trailer repositioning rules
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
A progress report on facilitating cross-border business travel is signaling a willingness to change the way Canada and the U.S. deal with the repositioning of foreign empty trailers, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. The report was released by Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney, public safety minister Vic Toews and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
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ATA report projects freight volumes growing through 2024
Transport Topics
Freight volumes through 2024 are projected to increase by more than 20 percent for all modes of transportation, with trucking taking a larger share, according to a new report by American Trucking Associations. ATA's U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2024, a collaboration among ATA, IHS Global Insight and Martin Labbe Associates, states that trucking continues to be the leading mode of transportation and projects its share of tonnage will increase.
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Trucking bears greatest freight load in North America in March
Truck News
Trucks carried 60 percent of the $95.6 billion of freight moved in March between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, followed by rail at 16.5 percent, vessels at 8.1 percent, pipelines at 7 percent and air at 3.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. For March freight flows with Canada, trucks carried 55.1 percent of the $54.3 billion, followed by rail at 17.9 percent, pipelines at 11.6 percent, vessels at 4.6 percent and air at 4.4 percent, the bureau reports.
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Phase 1 of Canada-US truck cargo pre-inspection pilot now underway
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun Phase I of a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot. The project, which got underway at the Pacific Highway crossing adjacent to Surrey, British Columbia, is a collaborative effort by CBP, Canada Border Services Agency and Public Safety Canada under the U.S./Canadian Beyond the Border initiative.
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Canadian Pacific to donate to Alberta Flood relief effort
Railway Age
Canadian Pacific will donate $200,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help victims of the devastating floods in southern Alberta, the railroad said. Additionally, the Calgary-based Canadian Pacific will match all employee donations to this cause dollar-for-dollar.
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Railway carloadings, April 2013
Statistics Canada
The Canadian railway industry saw double-digit growth in commodity loadings in April, as freight traffic carried rose 11 percent from the same month in 2012 to 30.2 million tonnes. The growth was spurred by a strong increase in domestic nonintermodal loadings, which helped offset a decline in shipments received from the United States.
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Canadian and US aerospace industries to benefit from emerging markets
Electronic Products and Technology
Fast-growing demand in emerging markets represents a key opportunity for aerospace producers in Canada and the U.S., while demand growth is likely to remain moderate but relatively stable in North America, according to BMO Capital Markets. "Aerospace exports to developing economies have grown significantly over the past two decades," said Aaron Goertzen, economist, BMO Capital Markets.
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Canada watchdog wants tougher safety rules for trains
Canadian railways should bring in automatic braking systems and video recording devices to help prevent accidents like a fatal 2012 passenger train derailment, the country's transportation watchdog said. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's proposals would apply to both passenger and freight travel, bringing railways in line with air travel.

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Changes in the works for Canadian shipments to the US
There are two new changes that will both help and hinder cross-border trade between Canada and the United States, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced new regulations changing potential suspensions and removals from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism list of trusted traders.

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Ontario truckers decry New York legislation to dissolve Peace Bridge Authority
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The internal turmoil between U.S. and Canadian board members of the Peace Bridge Authority has taken on new heights that could jeopardize much needed infrastructure improvements at the second busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada, according to the Ontario Trucking Association.

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New mega ocean liner vessel alliance
The National Industrial Transportation League
Three major liner carriers Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping (MSC) and CMA CGM announced that they have entered into an operational alliance on East-West Trades known as the "P-3 Network." The group said that they initially would operate 255 ships with 2.6 million TEUs (20 foot equivalent units) on major trade lines including: The Transpacific, Asia, Europe and the Atlantic.

Maersk would provide capacity of about 1.1 million TEUs, MSC 900,000 TEUs and CMA CGM about 600,000 TEUs.

According to the carriers, the P-3 Network Vessels will be operated independently using a joint vessel operating center. The intention is for the three carriers to have fully independent sales, marketing and customer service functions.

The current plan among the carriers is to put the alliance into effect in the second quarter of 2014, subject to approval from various national/regional competition and regulatory authorities.

While the P-3 alliance offers an opportunity to operate more efficiently, it also has the potential to affect world-wide capacity thereby presenting significant impacts for their customers. The League intends to examine the P-3 alliance agreement closely after it is filed with the Federal Maritime Commission.

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