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Trucking Concerns in the United States

Feb 13, 2018

Effective February 19, 2018

Trucking Concerns in the United States

Dear Valued Customer,

In light of the ever growing trucker shortage and the recently implemented Electronic Logging Device mandate, King ocean finds it necessary to take certain actions to better navigate the ever changing conditions in the transportation industry. (Docket No. FMSCA- 2010-0167).

The below change in enforcement of the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Laws effective as of 12/17/2017.
Drivers are allowed 14 hours of on duty time before they have to shut down for 10 hours. Out of those 14 hours they are allowed a maximum of 11 hours driving. The on duty time includes driving, fueling, picking up and turning in to the ports, sitting at a customer’s dock or on the side of the road with a blown tire. Once the 14 hours are up, drivers must stop for 10 hours of rest, even if they are 30 minutes from their destination.

In 2016, the trucking industry was short roughly 36,500 drivers, and expected to surpass 50,000 by the end of 2017. The American Trucking Association estimates that by the end of 2018 that number will jump to over 63,000 as demand continues to increase.

King Ocean feels that in order to keep servicing our customers with the same dedication and effectiveness, the booking request window for intermodal bookings will increase from 48 hours to 14 days. This applies to all bookings outside the state of Florida while bookings within the state of Florida will remain with a 48 hour cut off.
In addition to the rising trucking fuel surcharge cost, we could be experiencing increases in other local and intermodal rates and services in the coming months.

For more information please call Customer Service at:
Miami: 305.591.7595

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