CargoNet: the number of cargo flights in 2021 down 15%

Trucking news and briefs for Monday, March 14, 2022:

CargoNet reports decrease in cargo flights in 2021

California, Texas and Florida saw the most cargo theft activity in 2021, accounting for 49% of all flights across the country.Cargo flight logging company CargoNet recorded 1,285 supply chain risk events in the United States and Canada in 2021, a 15% drop in year-over-year activity. other.

Fifty-five percent of occurrences involved the theft of at least one heavy-duty vehicle, which includes semi-tractors, semi-trailers, or intermodal chassis or containers. Fifty-four percent of occurrences involved cargo theft or attempted cargo theft. The average cargo value per cargo flight was $172,340, for an estimated total of $57.90 million in cargo stolen in the United States and Canada during this analysis period.

California remains the top state for reported cargo flights, with CargoNet seeing a 13% year-over-year increase. This comes as no surprise to experts, as California continues to struggle with an increase in sophisticated attacks against computer component shipments in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Texas saw the second highest activity and saw a 15% drop in flight activity year over year. Florida rounds out the top three states with a slight increase of 6% and continues to see a shift from Miami-Dade to Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough and surrounding counties.

Cargo thieves continued to show a strong preference for electronics shipments, which saw a significant 34% year-over-year increase. Specifically, CargoNet noted increased targeting of consumer electronics shipments, particularly computers and accessories.

Household items were the second most stolen commodity, but fell compared to 2020. Household cleaning products saw a significant decline compared to 2020, which CargoNet attributed mainly to increased demand for cleaning products. cleaning and household paper products, especially at the start of the pandemic.

In contrast, food and beverage thefts dropped 35% as supply chain partners reported fewer thefts of these products.

Going into 2022, CargoNet expects flight activity to remain high.

“We continue to be concerned about the increase in rail thefts and the targeting of shipments of computer electronics being shipped from California, as well as an upsurge in truckload thefts that are spreading through the eastern half of the United States. “, said the company. “CargoNet continues to follow these events and work with law enforcement across the country to share information and recover stolen vehicles and property.”

Michigan weight restrictions in place to Mackinac Bridge

Michigan DOT expands spring weight restrictions to cover up to Mackinac Bridge.Michigan DOT expands spring weight restrictions to cover up to Mackinac Bridge.The Michigan Department of Transportation and local agencies enact additional annual weight restrictions in the spring to protect the roads. The state introduced some restrictions earlier this month.

Effective 7 a.m. Monday, March 14, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all National Highways from the Michigan/Indiana and Michigan/Ohio state lines north to and including the Mackinac Bridge.

All state main lines in this area will have weight restrictions imposed and enforced. State roads usually have M, I, or US designations.

All extended permits will be valid for oversize loads in the weight limit zone on restricted routes. No single trip permits will be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length on restricted routes.

MDOT determines when weight restrictions begin each spring by measuring frost depths along state highways, observing road conditions and monitoring weather forecasts. Weight restrictions remain in effect until the frost line is deep enough to allow moisture to escape and the platforms regain their stability.

CVSA Invites Nominations for Annual Safe Driver Award

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is accepting nominations for its 2022 International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA).

Each year, CVSA recognizes the outstanding careers of professional commercial motor vehicle drivers and their commitment to public safety through its Driver Excellence Award.

“This annual award recognizes drivers who go above and beyond in the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle operator, distinguishing themselves visibly and beyond the call of duty through the achievement of safe and of compliance carried out with obvious distinction for a long period of time,” CVSA said.

Drivers nominated for the award must be of impeccable personal character with no disqualifying past behavior as outlined in the IDEA Award Criteria.

Applicants must have:

  • At least 25 cumulative years of accident-free driving in a utility vehicle with a clean driving record within the past three years
  • No felony convictions
  • No safety-related driving suspensions in the past three years
  • No driving offenses in the last three years, excluding offenses of form and manner

The IDEA winner will receive:

  • A check for $2,500
  • A crystal trophy
  • Airfare for the winner and one guest to Rapid City, SD, to receive their prize
  • Two night hotel stay in Rapid City

The IDEA winner will receive their award and receive public recognition at the CVSA’s annual conference and expo in the fall. The announcement of the IDEA winner will be broadcast nationally through a press release, as well as on the ASVC website and on social media. A feature article on the winner will be published in CVSA’s quarterly magazine, “Guardian”.

This year, CVSA is accepting applications and supporting documents through an online application form. Partial applications will not be considered.

The deadline to complete and submit the online nomination form and supporting documents is May 20. All nominators will receive a notification confirming receipt by ASVC of their application.

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