Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Auto Transport Blog: FMCSA Points out CSA’s Good Points

Auto Transport Blog: FMCSA Points out CSA’s Good Points: Auto shipping truckers eager to learn about CSA’s bad points Oct 16, 2012 – American Trucking Association members have been making noise l...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FMCSA Points out CSA’s Good Points

Auto shipping truckers eager to learn about CSA’s bad points

Oct 16, 2012 – American Trucking Association members have been making noise lately about the need for the FMCSA to provide truckers car shipping with more information concerning the possible negative aspects of the new CSA program.

The ATA recently released a paper showing how the FMCSA has pointed out the benefits of the new CSA program, but would like more information on the possible problems they could meet on the road ahead.

The association believes we should be trying to determine the inherent weaknesses of the new CSA program, so that they can begin making much needed improvements and changes in order to help truckers’ vehicle shipping make their lives and jobs easier.

The paper released by the ATA indicated that the carrier scores in three of the seven CSA categories don’t seem to identify the future accident risks for each driver. They also pointed out that it’s wrong to be making conclusions on the accident risk for each auto shipping driver, using the amount of data currently available for each driver.

The FMCSA hasn’t provided much in the way of comment on the paper released by the ATA, but we can certainly expect the association to seriously take a look at the points they have made. The question at this point is whether truckers will see a more transparent and clearer picture of the road ahead for the trucking industry?



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Are You Car Shipping Across the Canadian Border?

Starting November 1st  Car Transports Entering Canada Must Submit an eManifest

Ontario, Canada – The paperwork required for truckers vehicle shipping across the border between America and Canada will increase starting November 1st, 2012. Starting on this date, all truckers crossing the border need to submit an eManifest to Canadian border services, (CBSA) at least one hour before arriving at the border. 

The eManifest is designed to help decrease the time it will take you to cross the border by providing the information border officers need to decide whether to let you across the border, quicker than normally possible under the old system.

The CBSA believes the new program will make your job easier and reduce the time you spend waiting at the border. We’ll have to see just how effective it’s, once things get rolling.

If you transport cars for a living and haven’t registered for the new eManifest system, you better start looking into getting signed up. The CBSA currently has around 20,000 carriers registered in their database, but only about 2,000 signed up for the new ACI Manifest program. The deadline for carriers to sign up is only around three weeks away and over 18,000 carriers still need to contact the CBSA to sign up.

Below we list the things truckers providing car shipping services across the border between Canada and America need to know about the eManifest program.

· You can submit your eManifest up to 30 days ahead of your arrival time at the border, provided the information you need to submit is available. Contact the CBSA concerning the exact information you’re required to submit on an eManifest. 

· During the first six months of the new ACI Manifest program the CBSA won’t be applying any monetary penalties to carriers found to be in non-compliance. You could miss out on opportunities like the Partners in Protection and Customs Self-Assessment programs, though, if you haven’t signed up by the deadline.

· If you still use a 77YY temporary carrier code, after November 1st the CBSA will no longer accept the old 77YY temporary carrier code you’re using. You should probably contact the CBSA to talk to somebody about getting a valid carrier code.

· It’s about to become law for all carriers crossing the Canadian and American border to be signed up for the new ACI eManifest program. You can sign up for the program on the official web portal at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/manif/portal-portal-eng.html and even connect your firm directly to the CBSA at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/eservices/sp-fs/08-eng.html. You can also use a third party service provider to get you set up and ready using http://www.cbsa.asfc.gc.ca/eservices/sp-fs/07-eng.html.

· The CBSA isn’t using the RFID transponder technology currently in use in the United States, which means one of control numbers on your paperwork will need to be barcoded. If you ‘re using a PARS number it will need to be barcoded and write the trip number (CRN-Conveyance Reference Number) at the top of the paperwork you hand to the appropriate officer. 

· The CBSA also recommends carriers sign up for the Release Notification System program, which will send the transaction number to the carrier electronically upon release of the cargo by the customs broker. This program is designed to reduce the number of times carriers need to call the customs broker to see if the cargo has been released.

· Carriers crossing the border between Canada and the United States with empty trucks will still need to supply an eManifest to officials. The only exceptions to this rule are Bobtail tractors and drivers currently part of the FAST (Free and Secure Trade) program.

· CSA carriers that provide auto shipping services are required to submit an ACI eManifest and must send their TCP (Trade Chain Partner) information electronically, rather than using email. This information will include all owner-operators and warehouses you use, which all CSA carriers are required to submit.  


Friday, October 5, 2012

Texas Vehicle Shipping

Texas car transport truck drivers love to stop at Travel Centers of America locations all along the long Texas highways for either a re-fuel or even just to grab a bite to eat.  Travel Centers of America brought in a new idea not too long ago called Willie’s Place in Carl’s Corner, Texas.  An auction brought Willie’s Place into town for roughly about $6.4 million and what was viewed to be a great investment, considering all of its amenities and location’s history.  Vehicle transport industry experts and many drivers in the business of controlling car shipping prices on the long roads of Texas feel that this is exactly what the historical site needed. 

Willie’s Place is named after the legendary country singer, Willie Nelson.  The location includes not only a truck stop, but also an entertainment facility that’s located on a 15 acre plot of land off Interstate 35.  The location offers 12 different fueling stations for auto shipping drivers, a couple of restaurants, convenience store, saloon, theater with live music, and a gift shop.  The friendly staff will help you and provide you a service unlike any other.  They want you to get everything you need on your way out so that you can get on that long road ahead. 


Connecticut Car Haulers

Truck drivers and car shipping companies were asked by the state of Connecticut to participate in a study on the use of corrosive de-icing products on the roads to keep them from freezing over.  These items are used quite frequently when conditions call for such a product and are very important in the auto transport industry.  The Connecticut lawmakers heard testimonies from the study to get a better idea of the thoughts from drivers and companies.  The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut believed it to be a good idea that the commissioner of the Department of Transportation started the study of the effects of the corrosive mixture of liquid calcium chloride and salt that was first used on the vehicle shipping roads and highways of Connecticut during the ‘06/’07 winter months.

Close sources to truck drivers that asked for the study indicated that a wide range of drivers planned on showing up for a public meeting on the affair at hand with truck parts that had been damaged from the corrosive materials.  They wanted people to see firsthand how these products were causing heavy-duty car transport truck failures and increasing truck repair bills. 

Connecticut was one of the last states in the nation to switch over from the sand/salt mix to a salt/chemical mixture, according to the Department of Transportation.  The agency is pleased with the results and has had few complaints about the newly converted material.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Vehicle Transport Improved with Fuel Treatment

Auto shipping firms all over the nation are always looking for new ways to increase truck performance and sometimes even the smallest things help.  A heavy duty diesel fuel treatment by Prolong Super Lubricants can improve their fleet operations and aids efficiency on the long road ahead.  Prolong Super Lubricants offers its Super Duty Diesel Fuel Treatment for heavy duty auto transport trucks operating on US roads.

This product was designed to significantly improve fuel mileage and performance that drivers get from their trucks while in the car shipping process.  While being a very cost-effective and reliable product, Prolong Super Lubricants Super Duty Diesel Fuel Treatment has been formulated with high-quality detergents that remove gunk, sludge and any deposits that might have built up from injectors.  The results are great and the product offers auto transport driver’s better fuel economy during transport and does away with most of that black smoke seen coming from the exhaust.  It also protects fuel systems from any type of corrosion and premature wearing of pumps and injectors, according to Prolong Super Lubricants professionals.

Prolong Super Lubricants Super Duty Diesel Fuel Treatment, as a bonus, meets the diesel fuel additive specifications for injectors cleanliness of Cummins L-10 and diesel fuel additive specs for corrosion protection of Cummins N-14. This is great news for companies trying to control car shipping prices during the long miles to be traveled on the roads.  


Car Carriers get New Road Tool

Auto Transport drivers all over the nation and companies applying air brake systems in transport vehicles are happy that Phillips Industries added sliding axle spring kits to their product line.  This product was designed to help the US transportation industry deliver vehicles in an efficient, yet reliable manner.  The kits are strong enough to secure heavy hoses and are easily replaceable.  The patented Phillips Qwik-Snap hose holder has a scissor design that allows for easy replacement of the hose and cable while also offering the holders are easy to open and close for car shipping drivers utilizing work gloves, and include a positive lock that is strong enough to hold tight at over 80 lbs of pressure. 

These axle spring kits comprise of heavy-duty springs that hold air lines with ease and were made from hard drawn pre-galvanized wire to produce a more efficient recoil memory and offer a longer lifespan.  Phillips Sliding Axle Spring Kits can be customized to the liking of car transport companies and offer a variety of springs, hose holders and frame clips for vehicle transport applications.

Auto Shipping firms and drivers alike should surely contact their local dealer to take a peek at the Phillips Sliding Axle Spring Kits and/or contact Phillips Industries for more items in their product line.