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Goods Movement Timeline

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Welcome to the METRANS Goods Movement Timeline. This is a searchable timeline of activities tied to goods movement, logistics and international trade based upon items from the popular press.

Given our location and the importance of this region as an international trade gateway, many of the entries pertain to Southern California. We do however draw from state and national press as well. Some articles' links may have expired, or you may have to pay a fee or register on the Web site where they originally appeared to access the complete article. Our goal however is to provide the researcher with enough information to track significant events over time as they have occurred in key areas like legislation, finance, and security.

This timeline grew out of timelines initially developed for METRANS research projects in the area of goods movement. Earlier entries (before 2005) were therefore not prepared with a searchable database in mind and will be less detailed. We hope, however, that they remain a useful resource.

An effort to clear up the air

Warehouses and shipping hubs disproportionately pollute communities of color. Regulators are considering new rules.

Texas trucking company offers highest-paid drivers $14K per week amid recruiting effort

One Texas trucking company is willing to pay some of its experienced drivers a salary of as much as $14,000 per week as it seeks to combat the effects of a nationwide driver shortage.

Time for SoCal regulators to do more on dirty trucks

The unchecked growth of the goods movement industry is smothering the Inland Empire.

Time for SoCal regulators to do more on dirty trucks

The unchecked growth of the goods movement industry is smothering the Inland Empire.

California Trucking Association to request rehearing over AB5

The California Trucking Association will seek a rehearing en banc in its case regarding a state worker classification law, the trucking group confirmed.
A week ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined that California's Assembly Bill 5 is not preempted by federal law. The court also ruled to remove a preliminary injunction against enforcing AB5 on motor carriers.

Proposed Port of Long Beach 2022 budget buoyed by record-breaking cargo year

The Port of Long Beach's proposed operating revenue for the next fiscal year is $414 million, 8.7% higher than this year, allowing the nation's second-busiest port to add 11 new staff positions and underscoring the significance of a historic months-long cargo surge.
That budget proposal was revealed during a presentation to the Long Beach harbor commission this week.

California Trucking Association to Appeal AB 5 Decision

The California Trucking Association will appeal a court decision on the state's independent contractor law that many in trucking deem unfavorable to the industry, CTA CEO Shawn Yadon said on May 3.

Shipping Containers Are Falling Overboard at a Rapid Rate

Containers piled high on giant vessels carrying everything from car tires to smartphones are toppling over at an alarming rate, sending millions of dollars of cargo sinking to the bottom of the ocean as pressure to speed deliveries raises the risk of safety errors.

Ninth Circuit Rules 2-1 Against FAAAA Preemption of AB5 on Narrow Grounds

Earlier today, a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel rendered its decision pertaining to the preliminary injunction that had been granted in the CTA's AB 5 lawsuit. As you will recall, the U.S. Federal District Court had issued a preliminary injunction in January of 2020, blocking the State of California from enforcing AB 5 onto motor carriers and independent owner-operators operating in California. The State of California (and the Teamsters as an intervenor in the litigation) had filed an appeal challenging the granting of that preliminary injunction.

News Alert: AB5 free to be enforced in California's trucking sector

Appeals court rules law regulating use of independent contractors is not preempted by federal law; injunction was in place since start of 2020.

Historic cargo surge in L.A., Long Beach ports spur 24-hour supply chain discussions

Cargo backups at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are accelerating talk of the importance of a 24/7 supply chain operation, a complex transition that would require buy-in from numerous sectors across the nation.
And none of that would be easy.

New Era of Flexibility for Service Contract Filing Requirements

Shippers and carriers will soon have more flexibility in meeting service contract filing requirements as the result of a rule change approved by the Federal Maritime Commission going into effect this June.

Longshore workers join striking truck drivers to stop traffic at Port of LA

Striking truck drivers and picketing Teamsters were joined by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Trucking Industry Groups Support Bill to Allow Younger Drivers

In an April 14 letter addressed to members of Congress, the DRIVE-Safe Act Coalition along with 117 companies and organizations in the trucking industry have expressed strong support of a new bill that proposes allowing certified commercial truck driver's under the age of 21 to cross states lines.


The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of chassis and subassemblies that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized by the government of China.
As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order on imports of this product from China.

Trucking keeps an eye on idling

While the 2020s will see a greater focus on electrification, keeping a watchful gaze on idling behavior will have more immediate benefits for the environment, as well as fleet fuel and maintenance costs.

US truckload driver turnover flattens

Truck drivers may be in short supply and high demand, but they're not leaping at opportunities to leave their current jobs, data released by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) suggest.

Railcar scarcity squeezes Southern California

Terminal operators say a shortage of intermodal railcars has become the top driver of congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, although western railroads say they are working to push more railcars to Southern California.

Inflated costs: Commerce Department moves ahead with duties on Chinese chassis

The US Department of Commerce will formally move ahead with an almost 40 percent duty on Chinese-made chassis, a move that would significantly raise acquisition costs for chassis providers just as an Asian import surge makes the equipment scarce.

Wilmington leaders, residents say Port of LA industry impacts need to be better addressed

They also say the port hasn't communicated well with the community, though harbor commissioners disagreed with that notion.