R.E. Sutherland, M.Ed./ sciences
Freelance Investigative Science Reporter since 1996
++++++++++++++QUOTE Posted by STEVE QUAYLE
Quayle Alert 1
We had a considerable delay because he had to drive 65 miles to get a container chassis from Maersk Line. This is unheard of because they always have a lot of chassis at the Chicago rail head. I asked him what was up because it is not peak volume time for anyone.
SECOND REPORT OF #1 –
Steve, I have a Trucking Company currently running 7 trucks. The rates out here are half of what they were a year ago. Not going to be around much longer if things keep going the way that they are.
Also, friend of a neighbor sitting in Houston, TX for last 5 days and says there is not a single ship in port. I can’t verify this myself. Thanks Philip.
S.Q. - COULD SOMEONE IN HOUSTON, VERIFY NO SHIPS IN PORT REPORT? ANY PHOTOS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
Quayle Alert 2:
We just loaded out of La Porte TX, on Monday. There was bulker freight ships in port, I did not see any container ships as we passed over the large bridge on the 610. If we go back this week I will try for some pictures.
The place we loaded at had plenty of containers on site and the mules were busy but that does not mean much as many companies use those containers as regular trailers and mobile warehouses. The car off load yards were full, while two weeks ago or so we were in Portland OR. and there was plenty of space at the Hyundai yard we drove past.
We found it more interesting that there was room at the truck stops in the late afternoon in both cities. It would seem that there are less trucks being sent to those cities as the freight is drying up. Usually if you are in a port city and you do not find parking by noon you better pray your reload is that day because it will suck trying to find parking.
Quite a few of us run for a few days and then sit for a few days. It is getting very hard to make money.
Quayle Alert 3:
Good morning Steve,
I head the transportation of our international freight, in particular our main distribution of Changshu, China to California.
We have not seen a single carrier cancellation, and in fact, our average door to door lead-time from Changshu to a northern suburb of Dallas, TX is down to 3 weeks. Just 4-6 months ago you were lucky to get 5 weeks on that same path and our worst case scenario was 7.
As to the trucking; I have family who runs a truck and they are having a hard time getting any work because of the vulture effect of all the truckers fighting over the scraps to get a load. You used to get a trailer/container daily out of the Dallas Rail Head but not anymore, as there are way more drivers than loads to process.