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US Truck Safety Event Scheduled For Next Week

Posted on Fri, Jun 04, 2010

US - The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct its annual Roadcheck event, June 8-10, at more than 1,500 locations across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world. The event mobilizes thousands of federal, state, provincial and local inspectors to conduct comprehensive North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections and other related roadside enforcement activities.

The CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It has representation on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and the mission of the organisation is to promote safety in the field of commercial vehicle safety.

The majority of Roadcheck safety inspections are not performed at random. Inspectors target trucks and drivers for inspection based upon the safety record or previous inspection records of the motor carrier, the driver, or upon the observation skills of the trained inspectors.

Last year, 9,683 CVSA and FMCSA certified inspectors at 2,145 locations across North America performed a record 72,255 truck and bus inspections. Of that total, there were 56,486 NAS Level I inspections, the most comprehensive roadside inspection. Road check 2009's record total of overall inspections and Level I inspections showed significant declines in vehicle and driver OOS rates, as well as a significant drop in safety belt violations. Data show the highest overall vehicle compliance rate - 80.4 percent - since 1996, and the highest overall driver compliance rate - 95.7 percent - ever. For NAS Level I inspections, the compliance rates of 77.8 percent (vehicles) and 96.1 percent (drivers) were both records for Roadcheck, and represented 7.1 and 20.4 percent improvements respectively over 2008's totals.

The event is supported by a wide spectrum of interested commercial vehicle industry parties including the American Trucking Association's (ATA), FMCSA, state enforcement agencies, and other safety organizations all of whom will kick off the event at an international press conference at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland at 10am on the 8th June.

"ATA has supported CVSA's annual Roadcheck since its inception and has worked cooperatively with CVSA to determine emphasis areas," American Trucking Associations (ATA) Vice President of Safety Policy Rob Abbott said. "Roadcheck is a very beneficial program since it spotlights the importance of roadside enforcement and focuses limited state and local resources on unsafe operators. ATA looks forward to this year's Roadcheck results which we anticipate will reflect the industry's improved safety record, as they have consistently done in years past."

This article was printed in Handy Shipping Guide. Pack n send has re printed it here as a service to our customers. If you or your company need help with domestic  or international shipping, crating and or freighting, please fell free to call pack ‘n send at 713 266 1450.

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Houston Air Shipping to Europe Experiencing Delays

Posted on Thu, Apr 22, 2010

Pack n send is still monitoring worldwide air shipping.  Our containers are leaving as scheduled, but air shipments to Europe are still delayed.   Some of the reasons for the delays in  passenger air and freight shipments are outlined in the article below.

Sections of an article written by  JAD MOUAWAD and MATTHEW L. WALD are reproduced below

As airlines were forced to ground flights for five days in the wake of the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, some criticized the European authorities as having overreacted and needlessly stranding millions of passengers and tons of cargo. But with flights scheduled to slowly resume Tuesday, the industry's record shows a very low level of tolerance for getting airplanes anywhere near volcanic ash.

"We've been flying for over 100 years, but volcanoes have been around for a lot longer and frankly, they win," said Capt. Rory Kay, the head of air safety at the Air Line Pilots Association and a Boeing 757 and 767 pilot. "We have to treat them with the greatest respect."

Even though volcanoes have always been a threat to aviation, there are no guidelines for dealing with volcanic ash clouds other than to avoid them - in contrast with the standards for dozens of other potentially hazardous situations like landing in low visibility.

Jet engines are vulnerable to ash, which can cause engines to stall, or shut down. The ash, which acts like millions of pieces of shredded glass, can also scrape the paint off the planes or sandblast the windshield. Ash clouds are also tricky to make out, since they can resemble vapor clouds.

"There is almost no day where there is no volcanic ash cloud somewhere in the world that people are tracking and trying to avoid," said Tom Murray, the director of the Volcano Science Center, part of the United States Geological Survey, in Anchorage. "It is that frequent. There is a lot of activity you need to keep track of."

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Home Price Stabilization in Ca. good for business for Houston Mover

Posted on Wed, Apr 14, 2010

Pack n send is republishing parts of this article from the LA times. 

We are seeing an increase in furniture moving - furniture freighting from Houston to California.  In good times shoppers from all over the country come to Houston to purchase small amounts of furniture. Pack n send, a Houston mover is able to freight or move small amounts of furniture all over the world.


Excerpts of article written  By Alejandro Lazo  LA Times


Southern California's housing market showed fresh signs of momentum in March with the median price and sales pace improving from the same month a year earlier as buyers hurried to take advantage of a soon-to-expire federal tax incentive, cheap prices and low interest rates.

The median price paid for new and previously occupied houses and condominiums in Southern California jumped 14% in March to $285,000 from the same month a year earlier, according to San Diego real estate research firm MDA DataQuick. The closely watched median -- the price at which half the homes sold for more money and half for less -- rose 3.6% from February.

In Orange County, the region's priciest market, the median rose 12.2% to $432,000 as the number of foreclosure properties on the market sank and more homes in expensive neighborhoods were sold.

"There is no question that prices at the lower end of the market have stabilized and are showing some increases," said Esmael Adibi, director of the Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University in Orange. "While this is welcome news, the word of caution is people should not really see this as the values of homes changing. It is mostly the mix we are seeing change" as sales pick up in more expensive areas.
The overall jump in the region's median reflects a rebound from the depths of the financial crisis a year ago, when fears of another Great Depression abounded and a glut of foreclosed homes hit battered markets such as the Southland. Those fears have receded, fewer foreclosures were in the region's sales mix last month, and more homes in higher-priced coastal markets were sold, contributing to the price jump.

"It's almost like a boom-year figure," said Ed Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast. "But the numbers over the last several years have been influenced by the number of bank-owned properties, and the banks were selling their homes at rock-bottom prices."

Southern California's sales pace also improved last month from March 2009, up 5%, but not as robustly as usual for a March, DataQuick said. A total of 20,476 houses were sold in March, up from 19,506 sold in the same month a year earlier, but that was about 18% off the historical average.

"Right now the question is not whether the housing market is in recovery. The real question is how sustainable that recovery is, and that is where the gray area resides," said Christopher Thornberg, principal of Beacon Economics. "The market is being driven by government policy and not by fundamentals, and now the government is starting to back off."

Also, the Federal Housing Administration, which has stepped up its support of low-interest mortgages for first-time buyers, has tightened its lending standards.

At the end of this month, a federal tax-credit program for first-time buyers and for some current homeowners is scheduled to expire. The program provides as much as $8,000 to first-time buyers and as much as $6,500 to current homeowners.

Last month California lawmakers decided to add to the stimulus package and approved a credit of up to $10,000 for first-time home buyers and those buying newly built homes. The credit will take effect May 1.

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Fleets Begin Boosting Driver Pay as Demand Rises, Study Finds

Posted on Wed, Apr 07, 2010

This headline form Transport Topics online shows an indication of the inflationary tendencies that the Federal Government is now discussing.

A few fleets are starting to raise driver pay, as freight demand and the need for more drivers increase this spring, reversing the pattern of the past couple of years that kept    wages  steady or reduced them, the National Transportation Institute said.

Pack n send has noticed an increase in factory orders. As these orders are delivered, more freight drivers will be added to fleets.  With higher demand experienced freight drivers will request higher wages.  Freight companies are still very cost conscious. As with the ocean shipments, freight trucks will try and ship only full loads. This will save on fuel costs.

Companies are also watching speed, and fuel efficiency. New wheel covers used to reduce the drag, and thus improve fuel efficiency are being added to many trucks that carry freight.

For more information on your freight,  and shipping needs, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Adjustments for freight shipping on the the Judge William Seeber Bridge over the Industrial Canal, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Posted on Thu, Mar 18, 2010

Pack n send helps keep customers notified about road and bridge closures that may affect shipping. This article from handyshipping news details a bridge closing in New Orleans.

US - Both shipping and road freight will be affected by the current closure of the Judge William Seeber Bridge over the Industrial Canal, New Orleans, Louisiana. The bridge will remain closed to vehicular traffic seven days a week, 24 hours a day, beginning March 15 and lasting until the beginning of May.

The closure is part of a $6.8 million rehabilitation project to replace the wire ropes that raise and lower the bridge, refurbish the bridge's electrical system, replace damaged beams that were struck by shipping in the Canal and oversized trucks  replace the bridge decking which will improve skid resistance and eliminate the wave-action in the riding surface of the bridge. In addition, advanced signal notification features will be installed to provide warning to motorists when the bridge is about to be raised for marine traffic.

There will be two five-day closures for marine traffic between March 15 and April 2. The first five- day, 24-hours- a-day, closure will tentatively begin on March 15, depending on the United States Coast Guard's (U.S.G.S.) evaluation on shipping schedules. Following the first five-day closure, a two-to-seven day window will be allowed to clear congested marine traffic and to coordinate shipping schedules. The second five-day, 24-hours-a-day, marine closure will begin immediately once marine traffic is cleared and shipping schedules are coordinated.

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