With 2018 coming to a close, US trucking companies are expecting to see freight volumes remain steady if not increase heading into 2019. One factor leading to a rise in truckload shipments can be linked to increased tariffs on Chinese goods by the US. The uptick in tariffs can be traced back September of 2018 when President Trump raised tariffs to 10% on 200 billion worth of imported Chinese products. This news immediately impacted and shifted peak shipping seasons on land and by sea in the US.
The millennial crowd views UBER as a great opportunity to earn cash on a regular, or part time basis. The schedules can be a flexible as necessary, which is why many feel the Millennial's take a strong liking to the opportunity.
On May 22nd WTI Crude nearly reached $73 / barrel and since then prices have dipped almost 10%.
Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) holds International Roadcheck, an enforcement campaign that focuses on safety targeting commercial vehicles and drivers in North America. This year inspections are taking place June 5th through the 7th. In the past, the focus had been on tires and cargo securement. This year, the CVSA announced details stating the focus on hours-of-service compliance. President Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol,” The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of-service violations.”