Summary of New Texas State Law on Port Transportation Corridors

On May 23, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the Texas CTP-backed bill allowing for the development of Port Transportation Corridors in and around Texas ports.  The new law, which takes effect in January of 2018, will allow for the transport of heavier shipping containers on six and seven axle trucks under specific permitted conditions.  The bill’s enactment marks a major milestone in our efforts to advance more productive trucks and will provide the nation with a significant testing ground for the idea that these vehicles can be safer, greener, and more efficient.

The measure authorizes a new permit process that allows six-axle trucks to reach gross vehicle weights up to 93,000 pounds and seven-axle trucks to reach gross vehicle weights up to 100,000 pounds under very specific vehicle configurations and with the addition of significant new vehicle safety technologies.

The Texas Department of Transportation and other key agencies will now begin the development of the administrative rules that will govern the new permit process as well as work with local jurisdictions to establish routes and corridors that will be accessible by the new truck configurations.  It is expected that permits for trucks interested in operating under the new law […]

Choosing the Right Container for Sensitive Cargo

It may seem like common sense, fish oil and tuxedos shouldn’t share a container, but for many shippers, good container judgment at the port is one of the most important services a carrier can provide. Good judgment when it comes to containers is one of those small details that can have a big impact on a retailer’s bottom line.

Perhaps the most container-sensitive industries are clothing, retail, and household goods. Clothing is easily damaged by dust and other particulates, and the quickest kind of cargo to absorb smell. At the same time, household goods are easily damaged if a container is compromised. In these sectors, a clean, intact, container is one of the most important factors in maintaining the integrity of a product, and a reputation.

Because of the way port operations work, the drayage driver and the crane operator are the two people who will determine what kind of container your cargo will travel in.

As drivers queue up at a container yard to pick up a container, evaluating the integrity and condition of the container they’re assigned is no easy task. At Excargo, drivers are trained to make on-site decisions with the unique needs of customers in mind.

And if they […]

Houston Winter Storm Port Closures & Modified Hours – Jan. 28, 2014

From:          APM TERMINALS AT BARBOUR’S CUT

SUBJECT:     Severe Weather Schedule

Please be advised that the terminal will be closed on 1-28-14 due to the severe winter weather forecast and the unsafe driving conditions that are expected.

The terminal will have modified hours of operation on 1-29-14 with a gate expected open time of 1300hrs and a closing time of 2200hrs. The terminal will close for the meal hour between 1700 to 1800hrs.

We will be monitoring the weather and road conditions closely and will provide updates if the schedule changes.

Also please be advised that on Maersk or Safmarine demurrage issues that you need to contact the Line and not the terminal. If the demurrage issue is related to APL, HYU, MOL you can contact APMT.


From:         Port of Houston
The Port of Houston Authority’s executive offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
An announcement will be made no later than 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28 concerning the status of the executive offices for Wednesday, January 29.

Please monitor social media and http://www.portofhouston.com/ for updates on the status of all Port of Houston Authority facilities.

Due to the winter weather forecast and the unsafe driving conditions expected in the Houston area for Tuesday, 1/28/2014, The […]

Texas State Permit Requirements and Restrictions

 

LEGAL DIMENSION LIMITS

Length: 59’
Width: 8’6”
Height: 14’
Overhang: 3’ front, 4’rear

Routine Permit limits in the State of Texas for oversized, overweight, wide loads and super load travel restrictions.

Length: 180’ Maximum overhang is 30’
Width: 20’ (16’ usual max on interstate)
Height: 18’11”

Gross Weight: Please contact Texas Department of Transportation for Overweight, Oversized & Wide load, Super load weight limits.

Travel Restrictions for Overweight, Oversized & Wide load, Super Loads in Texas: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Escorts needed for shipping oversized, overweight, wide loads and super loads in the Texas.

Length: over 110’
Width: over 16’
Height: over 17’

Please contact Texas State Department of Transportation permit office for additional information for oversized, overweight, wide load and super load travel restrictions.

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MOTOR CARRIER DIVISION
125 EAST 11TH STREET AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701
Texas State Trucking Permit Information website for Overweight, Wide Load and Oversize Transport:
http://www.txdot.gov/business/motor_carrier/overweight_permit/default.htm

PHONE: 512-465-3500 800-899-1700 HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY 6:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M

Source: http://lgiinc.com/texas_shipping_permits.html

Overweight Penalties Increase – effective Sept. 1, 2013

“A change to the penalties for weight violations took effect on September 1, 2013. In an effort to ensure businesses are well informed, we have prepared this Quick Reference Guide…”
TxDMV alert of increased OW penalties
Click here to visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website: www.TxDMV.gov