02 Jul

Canada Day marks dawn of new CUSMA trade deal

TORONTO, Ont. – Neighborhood fireworks were celebrating Canada Day yesterday, but trade organizations were also celebrating the new Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) that now governs every load to cross the border. About 10 million trucks cross the Canada-U.S. border in a typical year, accounting for about 70% of trade with the U.S. This is no typical […]

02 Jul

ECONOMIC WATCH: Shippers enjoyed most favorable conditions ever in April

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The FTR Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) soared to an unprecedented 41.3 reading in April, reflecting the best ever conditions for shippers. A positive reading is favorable for shippers, and in April the index was more than double March’s 19.7 reading. FTR expects April to represent the peak for shippers. Shippers’ revenues were […]

02 Jul

Turbo Images acquires Lettrapub

SAINT-GEORGES, Que. — Turbo Images has acquired its competitor Lettrapub, forming what the company called a “powerhouse” in the Canadian fleet graphics industry. The acquisition, which was announced this week, also includes Lettrapub’s U.S. subsidiary, Team Coach Imaging. “Turbo Images and Lettrapub / Team Coach Imaging have always been great. Together, we are a powerhouse,” […]

30 Jun

Montreal container terminals to face job action

MONTREAL, Que. — The Quebec Trucking Association (ACQ) has been informed that longshoremen will stop activities at the two container terminals, Cast and Racine, of the Société des terminals Montréal Gateway, from Thursday July 2 at 3 p.m. until Saturday July 4 at 6.59 a.m. These terminals receive around 1,000 containers per day, representing traffic […]

30 Jun

Trucker arrested in record drug bust

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. officers have arrested a truck driver working in Canada following the seizure of marijuana worth more than US$20 million from a tractor trailer at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility in Buffalo, N.Y. The 9,472 pounds of marijuana was discovered last Thursday within a commercial shipment manifested as storage containers, U.S. Customs […]

30 Jun

Purolator to add 1,100 jobs

TORONTO, Ont. – Purolator says it will add more than 1,100 new jobs as the Canadian economy recovers from the pandemic. One year ago, it announced its $1-billion-plus, five-year Delivering the Future growth strategy. Home deliveries have risen 30% over the past three months, while retail e-commerce sales surged by up to 120%. Purolator said […]

30 Jun

Becoming an owner-operator in the age of Covid-19

TORONTO, Ont. – When Roger Mansfield turned 40 last year, he decided the time was right to pursue his dream of becoming an owner-operator. In January, he got the ball rolling, incorporating his business, doing a business name search, and assembling the paperwork. He was ready to launch his career as an owner-operator this Spring. […]

29 Jun

Ontario tries to clean up towing industry

TORONTO, Ont. — Ontario has announced the creation of a task force to improve provincial oversight of the towing industry, mired in turf wars and allegations of price gouging. “The party is over for the bad actors who are engaged in violence and criminal activity in the towing industry.” – Premier Doug Ford The task […]

29 Jun

CargoNet warns of holiday theft surge

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Freight tracking and recovery company CargoNet is warning about a potential surge in cargo theft during the first week of July when Canada and the U.S. celebrate their national days. The company said Monday that extended business closures can create an “advantageous operating environment” for cargo thieves. The company said for […]

29 Jun

Edward Fuels joins McDougall Energy

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – McDougall Energy has acquired Edward Fuels and its associated companies, including Manitoulin Fuels and Petroline Petroleums. The new divisions will operate under their existing names and management, but as a division of McDougall Energy. The deal closed June 26. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to grow the McDougall […]