Waberer s International Pte.Co., one of Europe s largest road freight companies, has ordered 600 DAF tractors as part of a comprehensive fleet renewal program. At the DAF premises in Eindhoven, the first batch of 250 vehicles was delivered officially to chairman and CEO Gyorgy Waberer by Ron Bonsen, member…
Waberer s International Pte.Co., one of Europe s largest road freight companies, has ordered 600 DAF tractors as part of a comprehensive fleet renewal program. At the DAF premises in Eindhoven, the first batch of 250 vehicles was delivered officially to chairman and CEO Gyorgy Waberer by Ron Bonsen, member of the DAF Board of Management and responsible for Marketing & Sales.
2000th DAF truck
Waberer s International operates more than 3,000 of its own trucks, of which more than 30 per cent are DAF vehicles. We have chosen DAF because of the vehicle s reliability, high quality, low maintenance cost and spacious and comfortable cabs, which are of great value within long distance transport , said Gyorgy Waberer. Also the stable resale values of the DAF vehicles were a decisive factor to continue our relationship with DAF. This order will include the 2,000th DAF tractor delivered to us since the first entered service.
Double digit growth
The 600 vehicle order consists of 150 CF trucks for medium distance transport and 450 XF vehicles for long distance haulage, of which one third are the latest Euro 6 models, will be delivered in the first half of 2014. All vehicles are equipped with clean and efficient Euro 5 EEV or Euro 6 engines as well as the latest comfort and safety systems, like the lane departure warning system, illustrating the high importance the company is attaching to the environment and safety. To be successful on the international market we need to offer our customers highest delivery reliability at favorable rates , added Gyorgy Waberer. To ensure the most economical operation as possible, our average fleet age is only 2 years. A young and modern fleet is instrumental to further expand our presence in Western Europe; we expect a double digit growth percentage in sales this year. For one of Europe s leading and most professional transport operators to choose DAF is a great recognition for our company and our dealers , commented Ron Bonsen. It is also a recognition of our successful and long-term relationship. Waberer s is driven by continuous improvement of operational efficiency and we are proud to be the company s largest supplier of tractors.
An upcoming federal rule mandating speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks will include the requirement that current vehicles be retrofitted as well as new trucks rolling down assembly lines, according to an official of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Christopher Bonanti, NHTSA associate administrator for rulemaking, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has joined the rulemaking process, so that the speed-limiter mandate can apply to all trucks and not just new models.
A recent Department of Transportation report on rulemakings had said the speed-limiter proposal could be out as early as March. However, Bonanti said that date could be delayed now that FMCSA has joined the process.
We hope to get that notice of proposed rulemaking published . . . later in 2014, Bonanti said at American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., late last month.
We normally do our rule, and then FMCSA does its rule, but this rule is going to be a joint rule, Bonanti said. We re taking into consideration the safety requirements associated with what is being considered, and also the enforcement mechanisms associated with it.
FMCSA spokesman Duane De-Bruyne said the agency expects the rule to reduce 1,115 fatal accidents annually.
Bonanti said a federal study showed that speed limiters could save lives and increase fuel economy.
The rule is being crafted in response to petitions filed in 2006 by American Trucking Associations, Road Safe America and nine motor carriers.
In early 2011, NHTSA said in a Federal Register announcement that the petitions merited further consideration through the agency s rulemaking process.
At that time, NHTSA originally said it expected to complete the proposed rule in 2012. Despite the delay, Bonanti s announcement last month was well-received.
In 2006, ATA said a rule should require that speed limiters be set no higher than 68 mph. However, ATA has since revised its policy and asked that the maximum be 65 mph, Osiecki said.
Although ATA wanted both new and in-use trucks to be governed by speed limiters, its petition focused on new trucks ..
Timothy Blubaugh, executive vice president of the Truck & Engine Manufacturers, said that while the speed-limiter feature exists on most 1998 and newer engines, retrofitting the in-use engines with tamperproof capability is not practicable .
Owings said that roughly 70% of the trucks in the United States already have their speed limiters set and as a result have reported that they have reduced crashes and saved money on fuel and maintenance .
Article from Transport Topics 11/11/13
The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), Exporters Association of Sri Lanka (EASL), and the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) welcomed market free initiatives to improve export competitiveness in a statement released yesterday.
Following is the full text of the statement:
We are delighted that the 2014 Budget presented to the Parliament by the President on 21 November 2013 has brought redress to the export sector, manufacturers and consumers. This bold and pragmatic policy decision taken has addressed a very long standing grievance of the industry which suffered due to unfair trade practices being used by strong parties.
The grievance of the exporter was the imposition of charges levied outside of the freight contract by various parties in the logistic chain. The origin of this issue traced back to 1990 s where the shipping lines arbitrarily and unilaterally introduced a separate Terminal Handling Charge (THC) which was in fact part of the freight until 1997, where exporters were able to negotiate market driven freight rates.
In the case of FOB shipments, the buyer paid the full freight. Since the imposition of THC in 1997, the importers and exporters are now burdened with over 42 different charges added on outside the freight by the rest of the supply chain services at their own will. The most affected were the SME exporters, garment exporters and the domestic consumer.
The failure was that while liberating the shipping policy, authorities did not introduce a system of checks and balances in the international trade services like in other countries. Exporters continuously protested since 1997 by seeking redress from various authorities to resolve this issue without success.
However, the importing community with no opportunity to seek redress, silently waited and the cost of all imports have increased not only in relation to industrial imports but in relation to essential commodities such as dhal, onion, green gram, garlic, etc. and added those charges in the final cost in the domestic market, which had a direct impact on the cost of living of the people of this country. Agony was that sometimes the concept of zero freight was also used while other charges are collected from the importer.
It is once again President Mahinda Rajapaksa who, displaying his capacity to take bold policy decision in the right direction, has taken the courage, time and the challenge to address this problem.
We are glad that having studied, analysed and with a proper understanding these new directions have been now announced on a fair and balanced judgment by pronouncing to bringing proper legislation to promote the shipping economy in a more structured manner and to prevent the monopoly pricing in the shipping trade.
Introduction of a fully-fledged Merchant Shipping Authority by introducing timely amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act to meet modern demands displayed the wisdom of the Government in identifying the need to harness the full potential benefits of improved connectivity through infrastructure development, far sighted hub regulation and realising all hub concepts enshrined in the Mahinda Chinthana the mid-term policy framework of the Government.
At the same time, in order to curb elements which are hindering export competitiveness, no charges other than freight and specified international charges for container cargo will be permitted to be imposed effective January 2014. Displaying a fair and balanced approach, the Government has recognised that the shipping industry has to be promoted and has offered a substantial tax reduction from 28% to 12% to boost shipping related activities making it at par with export revenue.
We see the clarity and consistency of the policy framework. We are certain that while exporters will benefit, the consumers of essential imported commodities will be in an advantageous position as this measure will have direct impact on the cost of living.
We, on behalf of the export community, would like to place our sincere appreciation and congratulations to the President, the Treasury and all other policy makers, officials and the Government for announcing a balanced, farsighted budget and taking a fair and a professional approach to strengthen the competition laws of Sri Lanka which has been lagging since 1977 when the economy was opened. This will certainly help to eliminate present day anticompetitive practices and bring in discipline and justice to the export sector and address the most long outstanding grievance of the exporters.
Marcus A. Kennedy filed a lawsuit Nov. 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against Dale Williams Trucking Inc. and John S. Rickett.
Kennedy was driving east on Illinois Route 140 in November 2011, according to the complaint. Kennedy says Rickett, working for Dale Williams Trucking, was driving west on Route 140 and allegedly crossed the center line.
Kennedy contends his back and neck were hurt in the crash. He accuses the trucking company and its driver of negligence and asks for more than $100,000 in damages for lost wages, medical expenses and costs of the lawsuit.
Attorney Gregory M. Tobin of East Alton represents Kennedy.
Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 13-L-1919
Beyond the pathway that led me to freight forwarding
Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 @ 12:57 PM
Part 2. Beyond the pathway that led me to freight forwarding over 33 years ago with the incorporation of what became ETC International Freight System in the summer of 1984. (Part 1 www.etcinternational.com1 “About us” at the bottom of the page)
In July of 1984 the international freight corporation was set up. The corporate name is still P Malinbaum Company with our first doing business as (DBA): Euro Transport Connections. I started as a one-man show on Hindry Avenue in Inglewood having one private office inside a bigger office space occupied by a customhouse broker. The business arrangement was that I would direct as many customs clearances from the import traffics through their office under my billing against a free space. We had the warehouse downstairs and this set-up worked pretty well. It was a time where type writers and a telephone line were kings. My biggest expense & aside from feeding my family was the telephone bills & the Yellow Pages ads.
This savvy set-up succumbed to a lease termination too quickly and led the way to a Japanese freight forwarder moving in. I lost the private office & rented a desk space near the bathroom. The broker was gone & I re-established a rapport with Edward P. Tallon Customhouse broker, which to this day, we still work together. My wife Lori joined me, and mostly sat down at the desk handling the accounting while I was standing by her on the telephone and typing up my air waybills & invoices away. At that time, I successfully applied for my International Administration Transportation Agency (IATA) license & slowly added to my air import shipments some air export shipments. I do not remember how long we survived next to the bathroom, but, the business grew everyday along with my wife s belly, pregnant with our daughter Sacha.
Sometimes, in 1985, I moved down the street to 1 story new office building & warehouse. I added an employee and our baby Sacha with her play pen next to my wife in her office for 1 year. We evolved into some ocean import freight & purchased our first word processor (a type writer with a screen to its side). I was my own warehouse worker and used to off-load ocean containers of latex gloves among other commodities by myself. I had to do this after hours to keep handling the sales & documentation going during the daytime. Moses Posada joined our company, he was 21 years old, he is 47 years old now and still with us sharing great stories and a history. Along with Moses in the office, Dimitri our latest newborn jumped in the play-pan the first 6 months of his life. I had to fire him, early as he was too loud and disturbed our telephone communications. By then or maybe sooner, we had a telex machine to communicate with the agents, which perished with the birth of the facsimile machine and first archaic computer.
By 1988, we became licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). About that time, we also obtained our Non-Vessel Operational Common Carrier (NVOCC) bond offering import, export consolidation as well as straight container load services for industrial, commercial & household goods customers.
In the few years that followed, we added a few employees & handled quiet more monthly shipments. We also had personal effects & automobiles for export & import shipping. We felt it a natural progression to add the packing & loading using our own crew on-site or in-house. We handled the trucking, the insurance, the warehouse, packing, loading, shipping, letter of credit & overseas clearance & delivery whether shipping household goods, commercial, industrial shipments as well as oversized permit cargo.
In 1993, we moved to our new location in Compton with about 12000 square feet of warehouse. We were loading weekly containers of autos (multiple cars doubled decked) among other products & were involved for years with the wheel & medical industries. Shipping a plant (Tatabanya, Hungary) and getting involved with their import & export shipments that followed. At that time, we also were involved in partial chartering. The 90s were fabulous under the Clinton era for most businesses. Our first hard hit was like the rest of the country on September 11, 2001. Our air department saw the sales decreasing by 1 million dollars. And so, we had to recoup from that and adjust like many other companies with new rampant regulations. The ocean exports were growing & kept us afloat through 2005. Then, under the George W. Bush (son) era, we started to feel the decline in business and by 2006 through 2010 it got from bad to worse. We had lost 50% of the personnel, moved out of the bigger building and regrouped in a smaller office with the emphasis on marketing & sales, keeping our overhead down.
In 2009, Dimitri was re-hired; my son joined the firm, he was 22 years old and experienced the hard time as well as the re-bounce we experienced since then. Like myself, he was trained in all the venues of ETC and he is presently our VP Sales. I can say that since 2010, we are growing, expending again.
In 2010 Danna Creal joined us in the management team and Danna is making a great personal contribution to ETC International Freight System, Danna is like family, caring & trust-worthy.
Happy together, now a second generation business about to celebrate 30 years since our creation, more ready than ever to make a difference in our lives as well as our customers shipments. To conclude here, we want to express our sincere thanks to our customers, especially the ones that have been helping us since the early years by entrusting their goods to our dedicated staff that is making ETC International Freight System family that we are.
November 26, 2013 rudee
Despite a recent steadying in the pace of growth, China continues to be a vibrant and dynamic trading environment and is still the world s second largest economy by a significant margin. Important initiatives like the new 29 sq km Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ), are expected to drive production and boost the Asian logistics market at large. The huge warehousing facility, Shanghai Pudong Air Cargo Terminal s PACTL West, is another trade-boosting initiative which has gone from strength to strength since opening for business in 2009. Vast volumes of manufactured products continue to arrive in the UK and Eurozone from China, and there s no reason to imagine this could diminish in the foreseeable future.
But large-scale freight movements from China have attracted the interest of the scammers. BIFA has recently published a warning about emails from unknown Chinese forwarders, which we quote:
On face value these emails appear to be from independent forwarding companies looking for UK partners, by way of offering cheap ocean rates. The majority may be genuine, but for some, deep down there is criminal intent. Once an agreement is in place and business starts, all appears to be normal. This is until the cargo arrives at the UK port and no-one has received the original Bill of Lading. When contacted the Chinese forwarder then demands a large ransom for the release of the original Bills of Lading. The dilemma for UK forwarders and their customers is whether to pay, knowing the pain and cost that comes with not having the original documentation. BIFA recommends diligence and advises that whilst entering into any form of agreement, with an overseas partner, just asking for a signature on an agency agreement is not good enough.
At CCL, we agree that diligence is paramount and it s part of what we do. Our job is to take care to ensure that all the necessary paperwork is produced in a timely manner to accompany your shipments. This gives you, the freight forwarder, the security of knowing that there will be no surprises when your cargo arrives in the UK.
It s a complicated world, and it s important to proceed with caution, especially when there s money or your reputation at stake. CCL can help ensure your cargo arrives properly documented, which means it can reach its final destination in good time.
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A judge has given final approval to Pilot Flying J s class-action settlement agreement 1with trucking companies who sued the fuel provider and truck stop chain over alleged rebate withholding fraud. Pilot will be paying out about $72 million to roughly 5,500 class members all of them trucking companies.
Judge James Moody in a U.S. District Court in Little Rock, Ark., granted final approval for the settlement at a hearing Monday, Nov. 25.
Per the terms of the settlement, Pilot will be paying 100 percent of discounts gone unpaid, along with 6 percent interest. The company will also be paying class members costs of internal audits and court fees and expenses.
In a document filed last week asking the court for final approval, Pilot says no written objections to the settlement were filed. As of Friday, Nov. 22, 146 members had opted out of the settlement, either to file a separate lawsuit or pursue other action. However, when treating affiliated companies as single entities, Pilot says, the number of opt-outs is 60.
According to a court petition filed by Pilot earlier this month2, the settlement runs about $72 million, awarding $55 million in owed fuel rebates, $4.1 million in interest, $3.5 million for auditing costs and up to $14 million in attorney s fees.
Pilot reached the settlement in the Arkansas court in July. The company s Knoxville headquarters were raided in April3 by federal agents, and an affidavit unsealed the same week showed the company was being investigated for fraud allegations stemming from withholding millions of dollars in fuel rebates from trucking company customers who had contracts with the company regarding diesel sales.
CEO Jimmy Haslam says he was not aware the scheme occurred and has taken steps to prevent the alleged fraud from occurring again.
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- ^ pleaded guilty to fraud allegations. (www.overdriveonline.com)
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Motorists stop for fuel at a Pilot Travel Center near North Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. A federal judge in Arkansas approved a settlement Monday that pays $84.9 million to 5,500 trucking companies that were cheated out of promised rebates by Pilot Flying J, the nation s largest diesel retailer.
The settlement doesn t put to rest a federal investigation in which seven company employees have already entered guilty pleas.
Attorney Aubrey Harwell Jr. of Nashville said Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of the truck stop chain, had no knowledge that employees were cheating customers. The company is co-owned by Haslam s brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who has said he isn t involved with Pilot Flying J s operations.
U.S. District Judge James Moody said Monday that he was satisfied that the settlement was fair, reasonable and equitable.
I don t have any reservation about giving final approval here, Moody said at the end of an hourlong hearing in Little Rock.
Moody also approved $14 million in fees that will go to the truckers lawyers.
The settlement reimburses trucking firms for their losses, plus 6 percent interest, which is calculated from the time each rebate should have been paid. The cheating dates back to 2005.
Lawyers on both sides stressed that no one among the 5,500 companies agreeing to the settlement filed an objection and that only about 1 percent of affected companies opted out of the agreement so they could file their own lawsuits.
Don Barrett, an attorney for the truckers, said the settlement makes his clients whole.
What Pilot was required to do was done well and honorably, Barrett said.
He said many clients received their money before the settlement was approved.
They re already paying it out. They ve paid out most of it already Barrett said.
Barrett praised Jimmy Haslam for opening the accounts in question to auditors and striving to make trucking companies whole.
We couldn t have had this result in this short amount of time had not Mr. (Jimmy) Haslam stepped up to the plate, said he was going to do the right thing and in an honorable way and he did it. That s the comment of the 5,800 truckers that I represent, Barrett said.
Harwell said it was in the interest of the company to reach a settlement quickly.
The advantage to Pilot Flying J is demonstrating clearly and unequivocally that they were committed to doing the right thing. Where there were things that happened improperly, they were committed to make them right, Harwell said.
Pilot Flying J conducted internal audits after the chicanery came to light in April and, according to Harwell. An independent auditor verified the company s findings.
The truckers lawsuit alleged a variety of violations, including fraud, unjust enrichment, fraudulent concealment, breach of contract and other claims, all of which were dropped with the settlement.
Pilot Flying J has annual revenues of about $30 billion.
Prosecutors alleged in court documents that the scheme to cheat customers out of rebate and discount money was well known among sales staff. Plea agreements allege sales staff took part in a training session that taught employees how to defraud trucking companies without getting caught.
Harwell stressed that the Haslams had no involvement in any wrongdoing.
The federal government took documents, they ve interviewed witnesses, they re subpoenaing people to the grand jury and they ll get to the bottom of what they think occurred. In terms of any impact there will be charges brought, there have been some guilty pleas already, there will likely be more, Harwell said.
The settlement breaks down to $66.25 million in principal and $9.75 million in interest that goes to the truckers. Legal fees comprise $14 million. The company spent $4.5 million on audits plus other expenses.