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Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc. (DMTB) is Iowa’s 1st and most nationally recognized 3PL. With a dedication to our on-time deliveries and a reputation for paying carriers quickly, we offer the ultimate in service to our customers and carriers because we know that our service is what sets us apart!

Our knowledgeable team offers more than a century of transportation and traffic management experience to help ensure excellent customer satisfaction. Our Account Executives and Account Managers focus on providing creative and unique solutions for each of our customers, while our Carrier Coordinators assure the safety and dependability of each of our qualified motor carriers.

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As one of the first licensed freight brokers in the United States, DMTB provides long-lasting strength. With a 97% customer retention rate, many clients have loyally relied on us for more than 40 years. We maintain our strong reputation by keeping current with cutting edge technology that helps us move thousands of truckloads every year in 48 states, Canada, and Mexico.

We keep it simple and are dedicated to on-time deliveries and consistent competitive pricing. Our large nationwide carrier network, highest credit and ethics rating and $250,000 surety bond add to your trust.

Market Update

The immediate future promises to bring one of the most significant disruptions to the supply chain that we’ve seen in decades.   The recent market shift includes two hurricanes, several fires, and the impending ELD mandate on December 18th.  Truck capacity will continue to tighten.  Thus, DMTB is offering a few tips to lessen holiday stress and help prepare for changes in 2018 and beyond.

Here are the key reasons why trucks are as tight as anyone can remember:

1)      The US economy has been steadily improving.  GDP has grown at a 3% annualized rate for two consecutive quarters for the first time in 3 years and unemployment is at a 17-year low.  Continued economic expansion creates more freight movements for an industry that is already at max capacity.

2)      The nationwide truck driver shortage continues to worsen.  Most motor carriers would put more trucks on the road if they could find drivers to hire.  Driver wages will most certainly increase and that cost will be passed along to shippers in the form of higher rates.

3)      Finally, the long awaited Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is now here.  With very few exemptions this means motor carriers are federally required to have an ELD device installed in their truck that monitors hours of service (HOS).  For the first time since 1938, paper logbooks will no longer be an acceptable way to comply with hours of service regulations thereby closing the loophole that has allowed drivers to make up time after being delayed.  Additionally, many small carriers and owner operators are not currently compliant and others are expected to exit the industry once “Big Brother” starts riding with them in the cab.  Those that continue to operate will be forced to reduce their daily mileage to comply with HOS rules and we expect to see enforcement of anti-coercion laws throughout the industry.

How will these issues effect the shipping community?  Simple microeconomics have tilted the scale heavily in the motor carrier’s favor.  With more loads, less drivers, and regulations that decrease productivity, the potential for a prolonged truckers’ market clearly exists. Pricing is sure to rise especially in undesirable lanes and those that require extra time and effort on the part of the carrier (think multi-pick, multi drop).  Shippers who hold trucks up loading or unloading should expect hefty detention charges and higher rates.  Shippers must plan further ahead and communicate their needs well in advance with carrier and broker partners.  3PLs will be relied upon to source capacity in tight markets and many times possess knowledge that can benefit shippers so close 3PL relationships remain critical.  One thing is certain, 2018 will usher in a wave of changes as the shipping community adjusts to a new normal.

Smart buyers, shippers, and receivers have already implemented new procedures or plan to soon.  Just-in-time inventory should be re-evaluated and when possible inventory levels should be increased to allow flexibility in transit times.  Loading and unloading inefficiencies will be exposed and shippers are advised to follow organized schedules that reduce driver wait times.  When presented with options, be flexible and consider any option that delivers in an acceptable timeframe at a reasonable price.

DOT to Require Testing for Synthetic Opioids Beginning Jan. 1

For the first time, beginning Jan. 1, truck drivers being administered random pre-employment and post-accident drug tests will be screened for four additional synthetic opioids, the highly addictive drugs that likely will require medical experts to consider prescriptions that balance pain mitigation with safety performance.

 

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Carriers can comment on EPA’s glider kit emissions exemption plan until January 5

Truckers and other industry stakeholders have until January 5 to file formal comments on the EPA’s proposal to exempt glider kit vehicles from the Phase 2 tractor-trailer emissions standards enacted last year by the Obama Administration.

The EPA earlier this month announced its plan to reclassify glider kits as non-new vehicles, thereby restricting the EPA’s ability to regulate their exhaust emissions, and to repeal the glider kit-specific provisions of the Phase 2 emissions regulations.

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FMCSA Further Delays ELD Enforcement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced today at a public hearing that motor carriers that do not have an electronic logging device (ELD) installed in their vehicle after the December 18, 2017 mandatory compliance date will not be penalized within the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) until April 1, 2018.

 

This latest enforcement delay comes several months after the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that their law enforcement officers would not place a motor carrier out-of-service until April 1, 2018 if they have not yet installed an ELD in their commercial motor vehicles. After April 1, 2018, a motor carrier will be placed out-of-service for 10 hours and be required to install an ELD prior to being placed back in service.

Happy Halloween!

Wishing everyone a fun and safe Halloween! Remember that your candy was delivered by TRUCK!