FMA News Bulletin
Nov. 6, 2014

Tim Kennedy named Supply Chain Executive of the Year
Freight Management Association of Canada
The Freight Management Association of Canada is pleased to announce that Tim Kennedy, director for transportation & logistics at Viterra, one of Canada's grain industry leaders, has been chosen as the 2014 Supply Chain Executive of the Year. Tim has been an agribusiness supply chain practitioner for over 35 years. In making the award, the FMA Board of Directors was impressed by the depth and breadth of Mr. Kennedy's experience in managing a complex multi-modal logistics function, with both inland and export terminals and managing an annual freight budget approaching one billion dollars.More

Canadian International Merchandise Trade, September 2014
Statistics Canada
Canada's merchandise imports declined 1.5 percent in September, while exports rose 1.1 percent. As a result, Canada's trade balance with the world went from a deficit of $463 million in August to a surplus of $710 million in September. Imports declined to $44.1 billion, as volumes decreased 1.0 percent and prices were down 0.6 percent. The main contributors to the decline in imports were energy products as well as metal and non-metallic mineral products. Exports rose to $44.8 billion, as volumes were up 1.6 percent while prices edged down 0.4 percent. More

Freight forwarders call for end to unjustified shipping line surcharges
Cargo Business
The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, also known as FIATA, says it's time for the world's container carriers to provide clearer explanations of the growing variety of surcharges that they apply. FIATA is a trade association that represents the world's freight forwarders and logistics service provider, covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms that employ around 8 to 10 million people in 150 countries. More

Regulator: Canadian railways fail to properly report accidents
The Globe and Mail
More than 250 rail accidents went unreported by Canadian railways between 2007 and 2013, omissions the country's transportation watchdog says hinder efforts to improve safety on the railroads. The Transportation Safety Board said its audits of rail collisions, derailments and spills at three railways, including the company involved in the Lac-Mégantic disaster of 2013, found carriers failed to follow mandatory reporting requirements by notifying the government of incidents late or not at all. The TSB said it will consider "enforcement action" including fines to address future non-compliance with the reporting requirements. More

Canada issues new rail-safety requirements
The Wall Street Journal
Canada moved to bolster the safety of the country's rail system recently, stepping up oversight of oil shipments as part of a broader response to last year's deadly oil-train derailment in Quebec. Transport officials will do more research on how crude oil behaves during shipping and will step up inspection efforts around the classification of oil and other dangerous goods, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said. The volatility of Bakken crude, which was involved in the Quebec crash, has emerged as one of the key issues facing regulators as the shipping of crude by rail continues to grow.More

Smoother grain flow points to Ottawa lifting rail regulations
Barring a sudden pile-up of grain across Western Canada in the next five weeks, Ottawa will lift requirements that railways move minimum volumes of crops, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in an interview. While Ritz says he is not ruling out any options before the rules expire Nov. 29, government data shows that grain has flowed more smoothly since the current harvest began compared to a year ago.More

Associations: Trucking and dangerous goods 'under microscope' on Parliament Hill
Canadian Shipper
The Canadian Trucking Alliance, the Manitoba Trucking Association and the Teamsters all appeared as witnesses at a hearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport into the safe transportation of dangerous goods by road. Until now the committee's focus has been taken up entirely with rail safety in the wake of the 2013 tragedy in Lac Megantic, Quebec, where 47 people died as a result of an explosion of rail tank cars hauling crude oil.More

Proposed B-train configuration bill to accommodate safety, environmental enhancements
Ontario Trucking Association
Operators of B-trains will have more flexibility to spec their equipment going forward thanks to a bill introduced in the Ontario Legislature by Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca. Bill 31 proposes to amend the Highway Traffic Act by extending the maximum overall length of the popular B-train tractor-double trailer combination from 25 metres to 27.5 metres in order to accommodate a longer wheelbase tractor. This is necessary to accommodate more comfortable sleeper berths for drivers, animal strike guards — moose bumpers — and technologies such as auxiliary power units in order to meet more progressively stringent air quality and GHG reduction standards, says the Ontario Trucking Association.More

British Columbia creating a container trucking commissioner position
Canadian Shipper
British Columbia wants to put one individual in charge of bringing stability back to trucking operations at Port Metro Vancouver. The provincial government tabled legislation that will not just enforce the previously promised rate regulations and other recommendations, but also establish an "independent container trucking commissioner, who will assume responsibility for all Truck Licensing System licenses in place following planned licence reforms by Port Metro Vancouver, and will administer future truck licences."More

St. Lawrence Seaway and Unifor agree to binding arbitration, avoid strike
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced that it agreed with UNIFOR on Sunday evening to refer certain important issues to binding arbitration. UNIFOR represents the Corporation's 460 unionized employees. This agreement also suspends the right to strike or lockout, ensuring that shippers will continue to benefit from uninterrupted navigation until March 31, 2018.More

Prince Rupert expects wave of diversion cargo from LA-LB congestion
The Journal of Commerce
The massive congestion affecting California's ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is creating a fresh wave of diversions to other ports as shippers flee the worst congestion that the largest port complex in the Americas has seen in at least a decade. "Our carriers have advised us and CN and Maher Terminals to expect an increase in volume in the next couple of weeks," Brian Friesen, manager of marketing for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said at the JOC Group's Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. More

Air cargo security risk: Self-screening sparks call for oversight
CBC News
Acknowledging "security gaps" that could leave airliners vulnerable to a terrorist attack, the federal government is moving ahead with a new system that would allow shippers to screen cargo before it gets to the airport. Transport Canada says the system would bring air cargo screening up to the standards of key trading partners and result in a net benefit to Canadians of $202 million over 10 years. It would also represent a seismic shift in the way cargo is processed, entrusting known shippers with security screening that is now largely done by air carriers. More

IATA: Global air cargo up in September; sanctions hurt European market
Air Transport World
Worldwide air freight markets exhibited a third consecutive month of significant demand growth in September as collective volumes rose 5.2 percent year-over-year, according to IATA's September air freight market analysis. While the Middle East and Africa regions both showed double-digit year-over-year increases in traffic, the modest but encouraging comeback of Asia-Pacific and North American air freight markets are fueling global air cargo acceleration.More