Manitoba Public Insurance and the Manitoba
Trucking Association said preliminary talks are underway with the
province to start a new truck driver training program after the
10-year-long previous program was not renewed.
The Manitoba Trucking Association believes there isn’t currently any
program covering the $8,400 training tuition of truck drivers now that
the Entry Level Professional Truck Driver Training Program is no longer
taking new applicants.
The broad strokes of what a new program will look like are expected to
take shape this week when the Manitoba Trucking Association meets with
the provincial Ministry of Education to speak about “our pursuit of
funded industry training via the education system”.
“We’re in discussions right now,” Terry Shaw, executive director of the
Manitoba Trucking Association said. “I don’t want to speak for MPI
(Manitoba Public Insurance), but industry training isn’t aligned with
their mandate and they were looking at working with us more aligned with
their mandate regarding road safety and other elements like that. We’ve
had initial discussions but it’s very early days.”
Brian Smiley, the media relations coordinator for Manitoba Public
Insurance said there will likely be a final annual review of the program
prior to an announcement of a potential future one, but not a driver
“After discussions with the Manitoba Trucking Association, who
administered the program, we’ve decided to go in another direction with
respect to fleet safety and road safety,” Smiley said.
“(That direction) is going to be determined during conversations with the Manitoba Trucking Association.”
Smiley also said people who’ve received funding will get to continue
with their training, covered by the provincial insurer, but no new
applicants will be accepted.
There’s a significant labour shortage in Canada’s trucking industry
according to the Conference Board of Canada, the Asia-Pacific Gateway
Skills Table and Canadian Trucking Alliance, with the latter saying
there will be 48,000 fewer truck drivers by 2024.
Shaw said he hopes the Manitoba government is taking those numbers into consideration.
“We’ve provided them a whole host of labour market information, external
to us,” Shaw said. “Truck drivers are very much in demand so we would
imagine that the government of Manitoba would be factoring that into
their conversations, their planning and their decisions.”
News of the program coming to end after a 10 year pilot project wasn’t
formally announced but instead came to light when an applicant to the
Entry Level Professional Truck Driver Training Program was informed it
no longer existed and contacted the CBC.
One in five road crashes in Ontario involves a transport truck
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently
issued a release that revealed that about one in five road crashes that
occur in the region involve large commercial vehicles.
The release comes as the police force launches its annual Operation
Corridor – a 24hr enforcement and education initiative that hopes to
encourage all Ontario-based commercial vehicle drivers to keep the roads
“A lot can go wrong when large commercial transport trucks are not
driven safely or have unsecure loads and defective equipment,” said OPP
Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Highway Safety Division commander.
“Our data shows that the outcome for other vehicle occupants involved in
transport truck-related collisions is often fatal and catastrophic. For
this reason, Operation Corridor is an important campaign to ensure
transport truck drivers are safely operating and diligently maintaining
their rigs at all times.” According to data from the police, of the 1,342 fatal motor vehicle
collisions on OPP-patrolled roads between 2012 and 2016, 266 involved
transport trucks. In the same period, 330 people perished – most of
which were occupants of other involved vehicles. The data also revealed
that 44% of the crash victims were transport truck drivers.
More recent data from the police found that over the past three years, a
considerable number of collisions were caused by transport trucks in
poor operating condition. In the period between July 2014 and June 2017,
344 collisions involved defective transport trucks – six of which were
fatal and 37 of which resulted in injuries.
“Damaged axles, blown tires or detached wheels, faulty brakes, defective
hitches and unsecured loads are just some of the many factors in
truck-related crashes. At times, unsecured loads or truck equipment
flying into the path of other vehicles produced tragic consequences,”
the police release noted.
International is making air disc brakes standard on all axles for all models of the International LT series.
Available in 6x4, 6x2, and 4x2 configurations, LT-series trucks fitted with Bendix ADB22X brakes are now available for order.
International is the first North American truck OEM to make air
brakes standard equipment on all axles of a long-haul tractor, the
The Bendix ADB22X air disc brake features a patented lightweight
design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake
system life. Complementing the straight, stable stops that air disc
brakes provide is greater reliability, thanks to a design that nearly
eliminates brake fade and degradation of stopping power.
Freight Industry Comments Reflect Their Ideal NAFTA
With the public hearing coming up on June 27, U.S. Trade
Representative Robert Lighthizer has received 12,450 comments from
individuals and corporations expressing their vision of an ideal North
American Free Trade Agreement.
Technology was a big component of the feedback, with stakeholders
advocating for e-commerce and more use of technology to speed border
“The huge potential of e-commerce in North America for U.S. exporters
has yet to be fully realized because of the complexity, cost, and
unpredictability of moving low-value, individual shipments across
Mexican and Canadian borders,” FedEx Corp. wrote.
FedEx, United Parcel Service, the U.S. Council for International
Business, and the Express Association of America were among the
commenters calling on Mexico and Canada to boost the de minimis
threshold, which is the level under which imported products are exempt
from certain taxes, and streamlined through customs screenings.
“De minimis has become particularly important with the rapid growth
of e-commerce,” FedEx wrote. While the figure is $800 in the U.S., it is
about $50 in Mexico and only $15 in Canada.
American Trucking Associations doesn’t want change to NAFTA’s trucking provisions, but does want to see some changes to cargo.
One key change, wrote chief economist Bob Costello, is allowing
co-mingling of cargo entering Mexico. Currently, a carrier moving 20
shipments from different brokers must group them into separate trailers
when entering the country. And while maintaining cabotage rules, ATA
wants foreign truck drivers be allowed to reposition empty trailers, a
practice known as “drop and hook.”
New forms of funding, including public-private partnerships, were mentioned in many comments.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is more critical
of the trade pact. Specifically, they called for a reversal of the
measure allowing Mexican-based carriers from operating in the U.S.
“The United States has much to lose by allowing motor carriers and
drivers who are not required to comply with each of our safety
regulations or obligated to use equipment that meets our latest
[Environmental Protection Agency] rules, to operate on our highways,”
in Peace, Dad. We have it covered.” With those words, Polaris
Transportation Group's Dave Cox winds up his father Larry’s death
notice. The elder Cox, who founded Polaris in 1994, passed away
Wednesday, June 14 at 71.
Dave is Larry's only offspring and is also, now, Polaris' President.
“He," the younger Cox writes, "was the consummate entrepreneur and
took many risks that paid off, accelerating our success. Larry was
passionate about building Polaris Transportation into a leading LTL
Cross Border carrier and I think it’s fair to say he accomplished just
“I was fortunate to be able to work with and learn from my father for
the past 20 years. Before he passed, Larry shared his vision for
Polaris. It’s a vision I agreed with 100% and I gave my solemn promise
to carry it through.
“He valued the business relationships he made and truly loved the
team he developed on his journey. Though his journey is over, I am
committed to lead the team he built and will continue to serve our
customers as he intended.”
contacted Polaris this week, a customer-care representative said the
whole staff feels sad but also proud of the business Cox started
singlehandedly and grew into a respected international success. Polaris also made the news recently when it acquired another venerable Toronto carrier, J.G.Drapeau and Commercial Warehousing.
Besides Dave, Larry is survived by his wife Geri, Dave’s wife
Jacquie, a granddaughter Olivia as well as scores of friends and
Visitation will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel
& Reception Centre, 21 First Street, Orangeville, ON on Wednesday,
June 21, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the
chapel on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (Visitation beginning at
Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
A tree will be planted in memory of Larry Cox in the Dods &
McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area,
Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 10,
2017 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com
Semi-trailer flips into ditch, spilling 11,000 litres of oil
The driver has serious but non-life-threatening injuries; crews are on-scene cleaning up the spill
Boyle RCMP said the truck rolled into the ditch and spilled 11,000 litres of oil. (RCMP)
More than 10,000 litres of oil spilled into a ditch after a semi-trailer rolled into the ditch on Saturday night near Boyle.
Police responded to a call at around 9:30 p.m. of a semi in the ditch
15 kilometres south of Boyle. When they arrived, they found the driver,
a 22-year-old woman from Edmonton, with serious but
The truck was towing two trailers of oil. Police said 11,000 litres spilled into the ditch and that cleanup crews were on-scene.
Highway 63 near Township Road 634 has been reduced to one lane as crews continue to clean up the oil spill.
Triple semi accident injures 2, snarls truck crossing at Canadian border
Photo: Washington State Patrol
BLAINE, Wash. -- Three semi trucks collided near the Blaine
truck border crossing into Canada, sending one driver to the hospital.
crash happened just before 4 p.m. on SR-543 near H Street, according to
Trooper Keith Leary with the Washington State Patrol. A truck hauling
$41,000 worth of paper products had smashed into the back of a car
hauler. Another truck carrying $26,000 worth of fish then smashed into
the back of the paper truck.
'Crocodile' spotted in Canada marsh was actually a truck tire
Another croc sighting called in this weekend in the marsh off of Hwy 17
& 104 Ave. It sure looks like one, but it's commercial truck tire!
June 13 (UPI) -- A menacing truck tire prompted several false reports of a crocodile floating in a marsh in Canada, police said.
Surrey RCMP in British Columbia shared a photo
of the long, black piece of trash, which several drivers mistook for a
crocodile, floating near the surface of the marsh off of a local
"Another croc sighting called in this weekend in the marsh off of Hwy
17 & 104 Ave," police said. "It sure looks like one, but it's
commercial truck tire!"
Surrey police Cpl. Scotty Schumann told the CBC
crocodiles and alligators would certainly be a strange sight for the
Pacific Northwest and while the idea of the floating, crocodile-shaped
garbage is funny, it's become a distraction to drivers.
"It is kind of comical when you do look at it," he said. "It is causing a bit of traffic hazard on the highway."
The police department shared the public warning on its social media
to discourage drivers from looking off of the highway to catch a glimpse
of the false croc.
"We don't want anyone else to be stopping on the highway to take a
look at this piece of debris and mistake it for a crocodile or an
alligator," Schumann said.
Canadian National Safety Code Standard 10 requires each lower corner
on a container to be secured with an integral locking device, and for
the front and rear of the container to be secured independently, CVSA
“To meet these requirements, intermodal containers are most commonly
secured to the container chassis with twist-locks or pin-locks meeting
the definitions of integral locking device. [National Safety Code]
Standard 10 defines an integral locking device as ‘a device that is
designed and used to restrain an article of cargo by connecting and
locking attachment points on the article to anchor points on the
vehicle,’” the bulletin reads.
“There are numerous twist-lock and pin-lock designs. In general,
pin-locks connect when the pin is inserted into the container’s casting
and lock when the handle is held in position by a latch, gate or similar
mechanism. Pin-locks are typically integrated with a bolster holding
the lower front of the container. Similarly, twist-locks connect when
the pin head is twisted within the container’s casting and lock when the
handle is held in position by a latch, gate or similar mechanism.
Twist-locks are found in all positions on a container chassis. Many
integral locking devices rely on gravity or spring mechanisms to aid in
holding the latch, gate or handle in position.”
The standard also requires containers to be restrained from moving forward, backward, vertically, or left or right.
There are some differences between the Canadian standard and its U.S.
counterpart. Canada allows chain or wire rope to secure the corner of
an intermodal container, but only to replace a defective integral
Twist-locks and pin-locks normally include a latch or gate mechanism
that should be engaged during inspectionsm, CVSA adds. While some
carriers attach plastic or wire tie-wraps to a latch or gate handle,
that is not required under regulations on either side of the border.
“In all cases, when the latch, gate or similar mechanism that keeps
the integral locking device from becoming unintentionally unfastened is
broken, ineffective or missing, a temporary method can be used,” the
bulletin reads. “This may consist of a tie-wrap. As noted, this type of
temporary locking method is not required when the integral locking
device is working as designed and intended by the manufacturer.”
Inspectors are being encouraged to download the latest information at www.cvsa.org.
“We want to ensure all inspectors are conducting roadside inspections
using the most up-to-date version of each bulletin,” the organization
Trucking Alliance cautions Ottawa on carbon strategy
Canadian trucking industry is supportive of current and future carbon
reducing regulations, but decision makers should heed lessons from the
past when considering future environmental policy direction and
was essentially the message delivered by Canadian Trucking Alliance
(CTA) President Stephen Laskowski today in Ottawa to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.
is currently the only freight mode in Canada using equipment regulated
from a carbon perspective,” he explained. “Future rules will reduce our
carbon footprint. The Canadian Trucking Alliance is supportive of this
path to reduce our sector’s carbon footprint. However, the targets set
for future regulations must be based on proven technologies and any
carbon pricing system needs to be properly structured and revenues must
be funneled to support future green transportation technologies and
Laskowski said the industry is
hopeful the upcoming Phase II GHG-reduction regulations do not
introduce equipment with the same reliability challenges that previous
regulations forced into the industry, leading some fleets to purchase up
to 20% more power units because of breakdowns related to the mandated
Laskowski specifically pointed
to concerns with mandated tire inflation systems on trailers in 2018.
While the technology works, it must be built to Canadian standards. The recent recall legislation introduced by Minister Garneau could help in this area, added the CTA president, but only time will tell.
must do their part by removing regulatory and other barriers that stand
in the way of the industry’s efforts to become more fuel efficient when
introducing these technologies,” said Laskowski, pointing to the federal government’s cancellation of diesel fuel refunds for
fuel-saving devices like electrical temperature-controlled trailers;
power take-off units; and auxiliary power units (APUs)/in-cab heaters
While CTA is not conceptually opposed to carbon pricing, Laskowski
stressed that if the federal government proceeds with a national carbon
pricing system, it must be properly structured, transparent, and easy
to administer. Moreover, it needs to be coordinated on a national
and international basis to avoid regional competitive disparities.
Furthermore, revenues raised from the carbon pricing system should be
directed into programs that accelerate investment and industry adoption
of environmental solutions.
is the second largest cost for a trucking company; and, combined with
choppy economic growth and a depressed U.S. dollar, it is unreasonable
to expect low-margin trucking companies to absorb aggressive carbon
price increases without passing them onto customers.
US trucking companies will not face similar carbon pricing pressures,
we have concerns with the Canadian trucking industry’s ability to stay
competitive in the North American market,” Laskowski told the committee. “When
considering carbon pricing mechanisms, it’s essential government at all
levels recognize Canada and the Canadian supply chain must still
compete globally and our systems of capturing rising fuel prices must be
taken into account.”
CTA is also questioning the federal government’s current proposal, which exempts certain sectors. He said if Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan is truly about emissions, then all transportation modes must be treated equally.
Laskowski urged lawmakers to clearly identify a policy purpose for any national carbon pricing system.
diesel more expensive for trucking fleets will not create the emergence
of a viable alternative anytime soon,” he said. “CTA believes the only
sound policy rationale for mandating carbon pricing on diesel fuel is to
assist the trucking industry in introducing proven carbon reducing
technologies under Environment Canada’s GHG regulation.”
Gilbert Prince, 59, was transporting diesel fuel in his truck before he died in the fiery collision
A 59-year-old truck driver died in a fiery crash on the
Metropolitan highway last summer. Quebec’s workplace health and safety
board revealed the results of its investigation on Wednesday.
The unexpected activation of a tanker truck's emergency brakes and
Bombardier's failure to follow up on similar incidents were key factors
in a fatal accident on the Metropolitan highway in Montreal last summer,
according to Quebec's workplace health and safety board (CNESST)
Gilbert Prince, 59, died when the tanker truck he was driving,
carrying thousands of litres of diesel fuel, collided with a flatbed
truck, caught fire and exploded during rush hour on the busy artery last
But it was a Bombardier tanker truck, travelling several metres ahead
of Prince, that triggered the collision that ultimately led to Prince's
In a statement, Bombardier said it has "taken this matter very seriously and implemented steps to prevent similar incidents."
The CNESST released its report into the collision Wednesday morning.
It outlines the sequence of events that ended with another driver
desperately trying to pry Prince loose from his vehicle, but failing
just before the truck exploded.
The heat from the fire was so intense it bent guardrails on the
highway, and the plume of smoke was visible from as far as Chambly, 30
kilometres southeast of Montreal.
Gilbert Prince was passionate about truck
driving, according to his friend and former colleague Alain Duguet. He
died in an explosion on Highway 40 in Montreal last August. (Submitted
by Alain Duguet)
'Adequate follow up' on similar events needed
On the afternoon of the incident, a Bombardier tanker truck was
travelling westbound on the highway near Lajeunesse Street when its
emergency brakes unexpectedly activated.
The report found that the traffic vibrations generated by the truck,
coupled with general wear on the braking mechanism and the poor
tightening of the bolts, caused the brakes to activate.
That triggered a chain-reaction crash. A cube truck was able to avoid
the first tanker. But a flatbed truck hit the cube truck, and Prince's
tanker hit the flatbed truck.
Investigators determined that even though he was travelling at a low
speed, Prince was following too closely behind vehicle in front of him
to be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.
The CNESST also pointed out that the emergency brakes on the same Bombardier truck had activated without warning before.
In two cases, it occurred on the same stretch of the Metropolitan highway.
The report says "an adequate follow up" of those events may have prevented them from reoccurring again.
According to a Bombardier spokesperson, the company is still
evaluating the report but it appears "key facts" pertaining to the
tanker truck's braking system are "incomplete."
"We intend to work with the CNESST to obtain or provide
clarifications to ensure the utmost accuracy of its findings," the
company said in its statement.
Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions said Wednesday it hasn't ruled out laying charges in the crash.
Rolls Right Speedee's innovation nets carrier award
of consistency in reducing unnecessary transportation, serious
commitment to on-time delivery, excellent customer service and problem
solving, Rolls Right Speedee has been recognized as Coca-Cola’s Transportation Short Haul Carrier of the year.
The award is the annual forum for Coca-Cola Refreshment
(CCR) and The Minute Maid Company (TMMC) to honor both companies’
innovative suppliers based on five criteria:
* Quality Service;
* Cost & Value;
* Environmental Sustainability;
* Technology Expertise;
This award encourages suppliers to keep making extra efforts in
finding innovative efficient business practices to cut costs while
limiting environmental impacts.
Comments Rolls Right Speedee President Daryl Ee: “We’re very happy to
contribute to Coca-Cola’s future vision of creating a lasting change in
business practices based on environmentalism and cost-efficiency. Our
mission is to make a positive difference in the trucking industry
without any excuses.”
Established in 1976, Rolls Right Speedee runs more than 205 trucks,
550 refrigerated and dry-van trailers, based out of Calgary and
Truckers reminding drivers they need more space through roundabouts
'Turning a corner with a Honda Civic is not the same concept as with a 53-foot trailer'
The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association likes the new Cornwall
bypass — but they're warning those who don't drive big rigs that trucks
need extra room on the new roundabouts.
'It's a learning curve,' says Jean-Marc
Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking
Association, based in Dieppe, N.B. (Skype)
"Turning a corner with a Honda Civic is not the same concept as with a
53-foot trailer," said Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the
Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association. "And it's the same for a
roundabout, right? It's an education process for every driver out there
because safety is our number one concern."
The long trailers need both lanes of the two-lane road to negotiate the turns properly. Cars need to steer clean of big trucks.
'A learning curve'
The association says it's an on-going issue throughout at Atlantic
Canada — and especially on P.E.I. where roundabouts are now
under construction in Cornwall, Bloomfield and Mount Herbert.
"It's a learning curve but once everybody's comfortable with it, it flows traffic pretty well," said Picard.
The province says its roundabouts are built to national highway
standards, and signs will be posted on the new ones, as they are on all
roundabouts, reminding cars to give the big rigs all the room they need.
Truck carrying toxic chemical rolls over on QEW in St. Catharines
Residents asked to shelter in place, businesses evacuated within 2-km radius of QEW crash
Jessica Troup tweeted a photograph of the truck rollover. (Jessssica00/Twitter)
A single transport truck carrying a flammable, hazardous chemical has
rolled over on the Queen Elizabeth Way highway west
of Martindale Road in St. Catharines, prompting police to close the road
and issue an evacuation order for a 2-kilometre radius of the site.
Residents are being asked to shelter in place, while businesses are being evacuated.
The 2K radius is an expansion of an earlier 1K evacuation range.
"We're asking people to stay in their homes and shut down their
windows. We believe the chemical is contained," said Const. Phil
Gavin of Niagara Regional Police Service. "It is not an airborne issue
but we don't want people moving around."
Police are also asking people inside vehicles in that area to stay
put and are asking those outside of the radius to avoid it for the time
Gavin said if any residents need to be evacuated, a police officer will come to their home to escort them.
The QEW is closed eastbound and westbound between Highway 406 and Ontario Street in St. Catharines as a result.
The closures will be in place for several hours while the hazmat team determines how to move the truck safely.
Stephanie Sabourin, a media relations specialist with the Niagara
Regional Police Service, says they are hopeful they will have the
highway reopened for the morning rush, but aren't offering any
Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the truck was
hauling phosphine, which is dangerous when inhaled and is flammable. It
wasn't immediately clear whether the substance had leaked. The rollover
involved just the one transport truck.
The truck is partially over the centre guide rail on both eastbound and the westbound lanes of the highway, Schmidt said.
Fire departments are on scene to manage the hazardous material.
Police are escorting cleanup crews to the site as quickly as possible
from both the east and the west, Schmidt said.
The OPP is still investigating and trying to determine what caused the crash.
Jessica Troup on Twitter tweeted another photo once police were on scene at the site of the crash. (Jessssica00/Twitter)
Police released a map of the area under evacuation order.
They say the evacuation is precautionary, with no immediate risk to the public. The wind is blowing eastward, the police said.
Commercial vehicle inspection blitz brings safety to the forefront, agencies tog
Nova Scotia Radio Operator Colleen
Nesseth and Vehicle Compliance Director Raymond Beaton joined a team of
inspection agencies during this month’s International Roadcheck put on
by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
The 30th International Roadcheck saw a bit of a standstill at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance [CVSA] compliance check is a 60-hour
place all across North America. Beginning the first Tuesday of the
month, for three days commercial transport vehicles were randomly
chosen for compliance inspections. After 30 consecutive years it’s
worst kept secret in trucking, Nova Scotia Vehicle Compliance Director Raymond Beaton says.
is our chance for everyone to get together and show what we do,” Beaton
said. “At any time during the day an inspector might decide to pull in a
truck and do an inspection, so there is always that unknown for the
industry to say ‘Oh geez, I could get checked today.’”
Commercial vehicles were directed into the scale-house
lane off the TransCanada just after the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick
border. Some commercial trucks were given the green-light to proceed
while every now and then some were directed to pull into the parking
yard for a random inspection by a number of participating agencies.
the standards for commercial vehicles are consistent between the United States,
and Mexico. A truck inspected here in Amherst will be challenged
to prove it’s following the same guidelines in Tijuana and all points in
between. With over four million inspections done annually, getting
randomly selected and to participate in the annual blitz does come with
its benefits, if they pass.
“If the trucks pass we put on an identifier, a
, and if the trucks come across another inspection that
grants them three months [pass from other inspection
unless we see a glaring issue,” Beaton said.
Aside from the inspections, the concerted effort
offers a team-building opportunity not always available to the many
partners involved in the commercial transport safety sector.
“It’s an opportunity to bring all of the staff
together from across the province. They don’t see each other, but
they’ll hear each other on the radio,” Colleen Nesseth, Radio Operator
for the Nova Scotia Government, said. “It is definitely a team builder.”
Those partners at this year’s inspection included Alcohol, Gaming,
and Tobacco Division of Service Nova Scotia, RCMP, the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency, Transport Canada and The Dept. of Fisheries.
U.S. exporters, truckers exhale as Trump threats to NAFTA ease
Hearing pleas from the business lobby, as well
as individual transportation companies such as UPS and FedEx, the Trump
administration has backed off threats to unilaterally sever NAFTA.
It appears the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is safe—for now.
Hearing pleas from the business lobby, as well as individual
transportation companies such as UPS and FedEx, the Trump administration
has backed off threats to unilaterally sever NAFTA.
Trucking executives, transportation officials and shippers have
enjoyed 400% growth in cross-border trade since NAFTA was implemented.
But in late April, the tri-nation agreement appeared threatened by
President Donald J. Trump, who at the time said he was “psyched” to
sever the popular pact among the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
As word spread among the business community, Trump backed down. Now
administration officials are sending out signals that NAFTA needs to be
tweaked, not trashed.
“The first guiding principle is do no harm,” Commerce Secretary
Wilbur Ross told a Bipartisan Policy Center forum recently. Verbatim,
that is was U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue
said in May was the Chamber’s goal in lobbying the administration on
David Congdon, vice chairman and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line,
the nation’s third-largest LTL carrier which racked up $290 million as
the most profitable LTL carrier last year, had said he was “concerned”
the new administration would hamper cross-border trade by needlessly
“Global trade is a reality of life these days,” Congdon told LM.
A majority of voters say trade with other countries helps the U.S.
economy. A recent survey showed 70 percent indicated that U.S. trade
with other countries is likely to strengthen the U.S. economy, and 64
percent said it creates American jobs. Some 62 percent of all registered
voters said the U.S. government should negotiate more trade deals – not
“American voters support trade because they see its effects in their
lives every day. From the goods and services their companies produce to
the products they buy at the grocery store, trade supports good American
jobs, enhances consumer choice, and drives economic growth,” said U.S.
Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron
NAFTA appeared threatened earlier this year not only by Trump but by
some of the isolationists in his administration, specifically aids
Stephen Bannon and Peter Navarro, Trump’s chief trade advisor.
But it appears calmer heads have prevailed. Gary Cohn, the
president’s chief economic advisor, and Treasury Secretary Steven
Mnuchin both went to bat for NAFTA. In addition, Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also expressed public support
for more free trade agreements, not fewer.
They cited that 41 million American jobs depend on trade, and exports
support about half of all U.S. manufacturing jobs. Some percent of
American companies that export goods are small and medium-size
“All of our jobs are dependent on global distribution,” says Lynn
Cooper, president and CEO of BFW Inc., Louisville, Ky., in a blog
posting on the Chamber web site. “Any country we sell to that has a free
trade agreement with the U.S. is helpful and allows us to sell
competitively in that country.
“Any moves that Washington can make to ease entry the entry of our
products into a country and reduce additional costs will be beneficial
to increasing sales for our company which means more growth,” Cooper
The death of NAFTA would have had major reverberations for many U.S.
businesses, especially the fashion industry, retailers and
manufacturers, not to mention cross-border transportation providers such
as Indianapolis-based Celadon, which earn upwards of 40 percent of its
revenue from north-south Mexico and Canada freight.
Servicios de Transportación Jaguar S.A de C.V. is a Celadon-owned
carrier based in Mexico. With over 375 trucks in its fleet and growing,
Jaguar hauls cross border and domestic Mexico freight. Celadon Canada
operates two divisions of Celadon Trucking based in Ontario. Celadon
Canada provides seamless transition for crossborder loads. With a fleet
of 400, Celadon Canada specializes in inter and intra provincial moves
along the east-west Route 401 corridor. Celadon Canada also handles
local, regional, dedicated business, as well as crossborder movements.
Julie Gibbs, director of BPE Global, a global trade compliance
consulting firm, called NAFTA “the largest free-trade agreement in the
world” that has quadrupled the trade among the three countries.
Untangling it and getting the U.S. out of it would have been a
Brexit-style endeavor that would have involved worldwide complications,
OAKVILLE, ON--Atlas Canada, a subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc., announces today that it has acquired Connect Logistics. The deal marks Atlas Canada’s first acquisition and will more than double its logistics business. Connect Logistics will continue operating under its current name and leadership team.
in 1999 and headquartered in Mississauga, ON., Connect Logistics offers
its more than 200 customers specialized product transportation as well
as warehousing and distribution services. In recent years, the company
has experienced significant growth due to expansion and vertical market
are thrilled with the possibilities of this strategic fit “said Doug
Van Fraassen, owner of Connect Logistics. “Our customers will have
exposure to the asset-based services and infrastructure offered by Atlas
in both Canada and the U.S. Atlas will have the opportunity to leverage
the expertise of Connect Logistics’ personnel and incorporate the
processes used to deliver our diverse platform of logistical solutions."
non-asset Connect Logistics was founded by Van Fraassen and has long
focused on forging and maintaining strong partnerships with all parties
in the supply chain to enable their clients to meet commitments to
“Connect Logistics’ business and
operations align perfectly with our current logistics structure and will
enhance what our team has worked hard to build,” said Barry
Schellenberg, President of Atlas Canada. “We are excited to take
advantage of this opportunity to provide additional service capabilities
for our current customer base and offer accretive value to our strong
network of Atlas agents.”
Atlas provides logistics services
throughout North America on a truckload or less than truckload basis
with the help of the company’s nearly 500 agents across Canada and the
Atlas Canada has138 agents across every province and territory and a network of 360 agents in the U.S.