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California trucking company shuts down, files for bankruptcy

Intermodal carrier Navarro Trucking Group pulled containers from ports of LA, Long Beach

California-based Navarro Trucking Group recently filed for bankruptcy. (Photo Credit: Jim Allen/FreightWaves

Navarro Trucking Group, a California-based trucking company that pulled intermodal containers out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has folded and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Bellflower, California-based Navarro had 15 power units and the same number of drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER website. 

The FMCSA data shows that the intermodal company’s authority was voluntarily revoked in late September. Its insurance is slated to be canceled on Tuesday. FMCSA granted the trucking company’s operating authority in September 2019. 

Navarro Trucking Group filed its petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California on Oct. 13. 

In the filing, Navarro, which also hauled refrigerated food and fresh produce, lists assets of $500,000 to $1 million and liabilities up to $10 million. The company, which has up to 49 creditors, maintains that no funds will be available for distribution to unsecured creditors after administrative fees are paid.

It’s unclear why the company was forced to shut its doors. However, drayage carriers continue to be plagued by ongoing supply chain obstacles and uncertainty caused by AB5, California’s controversial independent contractor law.

Drayage trucks headed to Southern California’s busiest ports. Photo Credit: Jim Allen/FreightWaves

Efrain Hernandez Navarro, president of Navarro Trucking Group, and his attorney, Julie Villalobos, did not respond to FreightWaves’ telephone or email requests seeking comment.

Navarro Trucking Group owes several finance companies, listed as secured creditors, more than $1.6 million for the company’s equipment, which includes several tractors and trailers, according to the bankruptcy filing.

The largest unsecured creditor is the U.S. Small Business Administration, which is owed $499,000 for a loan the trucking company received through the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. While funds received through the Paycheck Protection Program are forgivable, the U.S. Small Business Administration has deferred repayment of the disaster relief funds until two years from the loan origination date.

Other unsecured creditors include TVT Capital in Roslyn, New York, owed $242,000 for a business loan, and American Express, owed more than $142,000.

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  1. Nellie

    The trucks will be sold to Chinas to start a business hauling their drugs. Look what Obama did to the open boarders and allowing Mexican trucks into USA. It put thousands of Americans citizens, independent and out of business and government sold the truck that went our of business to Mexico. Close the borders. Our independent truckers are being targeted by Newsom because they won’t joint the Unions. Prayers

  2. Ro A. Salazar

    The sad thing is we need truckers. After the pandemic many have retired and the docks are overwhelmed with containers that have not been to delivered out of the yards. The truckbdrivers need their jobs. Wish their was a company who could train a new generation of drivers and provide a workplace for truck drivers in need of a career opportunity.

    1. Josh

      what’s funny is companies are shooting theirselves in the foot by needlessly toughening hiring practices…Been involved in trucking business for 20 years and never seen it this difficult for a driver to get a job.

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Clarissa Hawes

Clarissa has covered all aspects of the trucking industry for 14 years. She is an award-winning journalist known for her investigative and business reporting. Before joining FreightWaves, she wrote for Land Line Magazine and If you have a news tip or story idea, send her an email to [email protected]