US West Coast truckers ready for box import surge (but less keen on buying non-diesel trucks)

In this news insights episode of The Freight Buyers’ Club, host Mike King is talking U.S. trucking, drayage, domestic freight demand and international trade with Matt Schrap, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association.

Among other topics, they delve into:

  • The readiness of US West Coast truckers to cope with for an influx of import cargo due to disruptions in the Red Sea and Panama Canal.
  • Whether LA and Long Beach ports have the processes, capacity and labour in place to handle a surge of cargo.
  • Actions taken to improve the container return system, which had a significant detrimental impact on chassis supply during the pandemic.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of various appointment systems that drayage operators serving western gateway terminals must navigate.
  • The sluggish investment in non-diesel trucks despite the availability of subsidies and incentives.
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