Trucking Adds to 10.2% Gain in U.S.-NAFTA Freight Movements

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August 29, 2014

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Trucking Adds to 10.2% Gain in U.S.-NAFTA Freight Movements
<p><strong>Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode:&nbsp; </strong><strong>June 2013 - June 2014. </strong><em>Credit: U.S. DOT</em></p> U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $103 billion in June as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo by value than during June 2013, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

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Labor Day Holiday Traffic Expected to be Greatest Since 2008
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Biodiesel Producers Say Delay in Biofuel Mandate Harms Industry
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Trucking Company Owners Plead Guilty to Violating Out of Service Orders
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CARB’s 2007 Reefer Deadline at End of August
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Boyd Bros Raises Driver Pay
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Got Questions Q. As fleets turn their engines off more frequently to reduce idling, especially in operations where this happens numerous times per day, what is the effect on the engine oil?

A. Engines that start and stop frequently tend to have several potential lubrication related issues.


Got Questions Q. Will polyurethane motor mounts cause my truck to vibrate more?

A. There is a myth that polyurethane components are harder than rubber, this comes from history where there were different formulations and suppliers, as well as the intent to dampen the vibration in the higher horsepower and torque vehicles.







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