FMA News Bulletin
Oct. 9, 2014

Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada aims to ensure fair enforcement of transportation safety
Canadian Shipper
The Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada is a quasi-judicial tribunal established to deal with administrative issues arising from a variety of transportation sectors. The TATC provides recourse to a person in the aviation, marine or railway field affected by administrative actions taken by the Minister of Transport under various federal statutes. The TATC is mandated to provide prompt, fair and informal review and appeal hearings for those who have received notice from the Minister pertaining to an administrative action which may address enforcement, licencing or medical issues.More

Canada intermodal volume growth outpaces US gains
Journal of Commerce
Canadian intermodal volume growth continues to outpace U.S. intermodal traffic gains, potentially reflecting shippers' diverting of shipments to western Canadian ports to avoid potential U.S. West Coast labor disruptions. Canadian intermodal volume rose 7.1 percent year-over-year in the first 39 weeks of this year, while U.S. intermodal traffic expanded 5.5 percent in the same period, according to the Association of American Railroads. For the first 39 weeks of 2014, North American intermodal volumes have consistently registered weekly year-over-year gains of 5.8 percent to 5.9 percent.More

Consultant: Stakeholders should 'take lessons from the past' in dealing with Port Metro Vancouver challenges
Canadian Shipper
Scott Galloway, a transportation consultant and the West Coast representative for the Freight Management Association of Canada, gave a speech at the CILTNA GTA region chapter's Mini Outlook Transportation Conference, outlining the "pending challenges" at Port Metro Vancouver. The current situation at Port Metro Vancouver "is a complex issue and a very dynamic situation. You could not have designed the current system to be more complex but it works every day," said Galloway.More

Canola growers consider options with agency decision on rail service complaint
Canadian Canola Growers Association
The Canadian Canola Growers Association is extremely disappointed that the Canadian Transportation Agency has decided it will not hear the CCGA's Level of Service Complaint originally filed on May 26, 2014. In its decision, which responds to motions to dismiss from both railways, the CTA concluded there was not sufficient evidence to proceed with the complaint. "The CTA's decision to not hear our complaint is a big blow to tens of thousands of Western Canadian farmers," says Rick White, CEO of CCGA.More

Oil shipments by rail loom large in Canadian Pacific's future
The Wall Street Journal
About a third of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. expected revenue gains through 2018 will be driven by crude oil shipments aided by improvements at oil-loading terminals and track in western Canada, the company's chief operating officer said. Recently, CP unveiled a series of aggressive financial targets including a doubling of earnings per share by 2018 from this year, and revenue of 10 billion Canadian dollars, from a projected $6.6 billion this year.More

Canada rail shipping of grain has problems, too
AG Professional
The concern about timely rail shipping of grain and agricultural goods isn't just a concern of farmers and ag retailers of the U.S. The concern is quite similar in western Canada. The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has been urging the Canadian government to take measures to hold The Canadian National Railroad and Canadian Pacific Railroad accountable for their "shortcomings" when transporting wheat. "Like every other player in the system, the railways need to be held accountable for their performance," Wheat Growers President Levi Wood told a Fort Saskatchewan reporter. More

Rail companies fight new rules to prevent crew fatigue
CBC News
Canada's major freight rail companies are fighting moves by the federal transportation regulator to curb "extreme fatigue" among railway engineers, a CBC News investigation has found. CN Rail, CP and the Railway Association of Canada went on the attack two weeks ago at a "tense and heated" meeting of industry, union and government representatives, according to a number of people present. More

New regulations on weights and dimensions and inspections
Canadian Shipper
Canadian governments have come to agreement on policies regarding truck weights and measures and vehicle inspections. Federal, provincial and territorial ministers of transport approved three recommendations put forward by the National Task Force on Vehicle Weights and Dimensions Policy and known officially as the Memorandum of Understanding on Interprovincial Weights and Dimensions. More

Diesel prices continue to fall
Continuing the downward trend, diesel and regular unleaded gasoline prices fell by a few cents according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department. The average price of diesel was down 2.2 cents compared to the previous week and is 16.4 cents cheaper than it was a year ago at $3.73 per gallon. This is the 14th straight week the average cost of diesel has failed to move higher while it is at its lowest level in more than two years. More

Trucking HR Canada shares insights of Top Fleet Employers
Truck News
Trucking HR Canada has released a new report highlighting driver-focused initiatives from the first Top Fleet Employers winners. The Drive For Excellence report examines Top Fleets' employee recognition, compensation, lifestyle, wellness, recruitment and retention. "These recognized fleets lead by example," said Angela Splinter CEO of Trucking HR Canada. "We look forward to even more fleets joining their ranks in 2015 — reflecting their individual commitments to following the best practices in human resources." More

Export/ import activity drives St. Lawrence Seaway cargo up 5 percent
Chamber of Marine Commerce
Total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have now surpassed 2013 levels by 5 percent due to strong North American import/export activity. According to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 25 to Sept. 30 reached 24.4 million metric tons. Grain exports continue to be strong with total shipments — including Canada and the U.S. — reaching 6.8 million metric tons, up 70 percent over the same period last year.More

Ebola fears hit the maritime market
Brazil, Argentina and the U.S. have tightened port entry procedures for ships that have sailed from West Africa in a bid to control the potential spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and its spread has become a global concern — with worries for trade, which could affect the airline and tourism industries together with seaborne activity. More

Lufthansa Cargo expects little disruption from latest strike
Air Cargo World
Pilots from the German union Vereinigung Cockpit have begun yet another strike at Lufthansa Cargo to protest expected changes in the carrier's retirement benefits plan. However, Lufthansa Cargo said that the latest action — the sixth so far in 2014 — will create little to no disruptions in cargo flights. The strike, the first to target just Lufthansa's air freight division, began this morning at 3 a.m., Frankfurt time, and is scheduled to last at least until 10:30 p.m., local time, on Thursday, Oct. 9.More

Boeing expects big bump in air cargo traffic
Dallas Business Journal
Boeing Co. said it expects the amount of air cargo traffic to double in the next 20 years. Boeing said air cargo traffic is expected to grow by 4.7 percent annually over the next 20 years as the market recovers from "several years of stagnation." In Boeing's forecast, the world freighter fleet is expected to grow with deliveries of 840 new factory-built airplanes and 1,330 passenger planes converted to freighters. More