Agriculture Transportation Coalition briefsSAN FRANCISCO — The following news items were gathered June 14 during the 25th annual meeting of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, which ran June 13-14.


Ocean carrier survey garners honors for APL

APL was named top overall carrier by Agriculture Transportation Coalition members in a survey of ocean carrier performance. The membership includes exporters and importers of agricultural and forest products.

The survey examined performance on dry and refrigerated 20-foot and 40-foot containers.

APL president Gene Seroka accepted the recognition.

Second-ranked OOCL USA Inc., San Ramon, Calif., received a Superior Performance honor.


RoadOne CEO braces for trucking rules

New hours of service rules for truckers due to take effect July 1 will cut shipping capacity, Ken Kellaway, chief executive officer of RoadOne IntermodaLogistics, told conference attendees.

“We think it’s going to shrink truck capacity 3% to 5% systemwide at a time when we can’t deal with that,” he said.

“We estimate the (34-hour reset rule) will shrink available work hours from 84 to 70 weekly, almost a whole day’s reduction in ability to transport freight,” Kellaway said. “We’re seeing 20% to 25% less driver applicants than we did a year ago.”

“We have to do better driver compensation packages.”