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FREIGHT - from page 9 For information on subscribing to IANA's Intermodal Market Trends and Statistics, including 2015 fourth quarter and year-end results, go to Effective January 2016, IANA's IMTS includes movements into, out of and within Mexico. Truck Tonnage Ends 2015 on Strong Note The seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1 percent in December 2015, according to the American Trucking Associations. This followed a decrease of 0.9 percent during November. In December, the index equaled 135.6, based on ATA's convention of 2000 = 100, up from 134.3 in November, and 0.1 percent below the all-time high of 135.8 reached in January 2015. Compared with December 2014, the seasonally adjusted index increased 1.1 percent, which was better than November's 0.2 percent year-over-year gain. For all of 2015, compared with 2014, tonnage was up 2.6 percent. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 132.7 in December, which was 2.9 percent above the previous month's 129.0. "Tonnage ended 2015 on a strong note," said Bob Costello, ATA chief economist, "but it was not strong for the year as a whole. With year-over-year gains averaging just 1.2 percent over the last four months [of 2015], there was a clear deceleration in truck tonnage." Costello added, "At the expense of sounding like a broken record, I remain concerned about the high level of inventories throughout the supply chain. The total business inventory-to-sales record is at the highest level in over a decade, excluding the Great Recession period. This will have a negative impact on truck freight volumes over the next few months at least. And, this inventory cycle is overriding any strength from consumer spending and housing at the moment." Trucking Software Sustainability News UPS Expands LNG Use UPS announced it has expanded its agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to use up to 500,000 gallon equivalents of renewable liquefied natural gas annually in Texas. UPS stations in Houston and Mesquite will dispense the RLNG to a fleet of about 140 UPS tractors. The deal builds on UPS's current agreement with Clean Energy Fuels in California. UPS is using approximately 1.5 million gallon equivalents of renewable compressed natural gas annually in that state where it operates nearly 400 CNG vehicles. "Renewable natural gas is helping us to meet growing customer demand while reducing our environmental impact," said Mark Wallace, senior vice president, global engineering and sustainability for Business Software for Intermodal Trucking Companies of All Sizes Harbor Drayage Rail Drayage Multi-Modal Trucking "Trinium is a vital part of our Total Logistics Solution. The TMS is an integral piece of our multi-faceted operation and effectively interfaces with our other internal and external systems." Call (310) 214-3118 to schedule your one-on-one demo today or email Bob LaMere, CIO East Coast Warehouse & Distribution | March 2016 | Intermodal Insights 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - March 2016

Insights - March 2016
Aviation Bill Backs Federal HOS
FMC Launches Supply Chain Innovation Team
ITC Looks into Chinese Truck Tires
New Board Member
Nominations Sought for Silver Kingpin Award
Roundtables Announced for O&M Meeting
UMD Students to Conduct Membership Survey
Keeping Quality Chassis on the Road
Information Services News
Freight Reports
Sustainability News
Port News
2016 Sponsors
In Brief
People in the News
State Legislative Update
Welcome New Members
Early Intermodalist Carmichael Dies
Intermodal Calendar

Insights - March 2016