Week in Trucking: U.S., China strike trade deal

This Week in Trucking, the U.S. and China have announced a trade deal centering on natural gas, financial services and beef. Also, a renewed push is on to approve hair testing in driver drug screenings and the rapid rise in last-mile delivery services is leading to plenty of new entries to the market.

Let’s make a deal

The U.S. and China have announced a trade deal that will allow the U.S. to export natural gas and China banks to increase their investments in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

Read: U.S. Inks China Trade Deal Promoting Financial Services, Beef

Test the hair, test the hair

A group of Congressman have taken up the cause of some in the trucking industry to push for hair testing when carriers screen drivers for drugs. The group has asked FMCSA to move quickly on the issue. (CCJ)

Read: Congressional reps ask FMCSA to move quickly in allowing carriers to drug test drivers via hair sample

Take me home

The growth of ecommerce is leading to increased investment in last-mile delivery companies, as more of them pop up every day. (Supply Chain Dive)

Read: Last-mile delivery options grow ever more popular

More time in the simulator needed

Trucking interests in search of safer and better prepared drivers are stepping up their efforts with more simulator training then ever before. (Fleet Owner)

Read: Stepping into simulator training

Hiking gas tax getting more support at state levels

While the federal government struggles with ways to pay for infrastructure without raising the gas tax, states such as California, Tennessee and Indiana have other ideas. (Governing)

Read: Raising the Gas Tax Is No Longer Taboo In Many States

A call for more safety features

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has publicly called for the institution of underride safety guards for trailers. The group believes hundreds of lives could be saved each year with the device, which prevent cars from going under trailers. (Transport Topics)

Read: Highway Safety Institute Backs Side Underride Guards for Trailer

Slow the freight train down

After posting a record high in Februarty, the Freight Transportation Services index fell in March. The index also showed lower growth in the first quarter compared to 2016. (Heavy Duty Trucking)

Read: For-Hire Freight Eases Back from Record High

Hey, we can innovate too!

Innovation is not the domain of only trucking and logistics companies, there are plenty of materials handling firms with innovations that are changing the supply chain. (Modern Materials Handling)

Read: Materials Handling Innovation (and why it matters)

You can trust me!

A new research initiative has revealed that suppliers feel they have more to lose in the supply chain, and are therefore less trusting of their partners. (Supply Chain Management Review)

Read: New Research Reveals Value of “Trust” in The Supply Chain

Not so fast, partner

A test of plans to allow public-private partnerships for insfrastructure improvements hit a speedbump in Texas when the state House of Representatives rejected a proposed plan for $30 billion worth of projects. (Bloomberg)

Read: Trump’s Public-Private Infrastructure Vision Rejected in Texas

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.