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ATA Announces New Executive Director of IMCC

ATA Announces New Executive Director of IMCC 
Experienced Capitol Hill Aide to Lead Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference

Arlington, Virginia – Today, American Trucking Associations announced it has named Tyler Rushforth as executive director of the Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference, who began this week in the new role.

“Intermodal is an essential sector of the freight economy, and IMCC carries out the important mission of providing a strong, unified and effective voice for this large and growing sector,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Tyler brings a wealth of experience from his time on Capitol Hill—experience that will prove to be a valuable asset for our carriers.”

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The Gulf Coast Boom

Over the last several years, the United States has seen a significant amount of investment in refineries, petrochemical plants, pipelines and terminals taking advantage of increases in crude oil and natural gas production, turning that production into consumer products and delivering those products to markets around the world.

The ports of the Texas Gulf Coast have benefitted from this growth as each port highlights its competitive advantages for the logistics and distribution of crude oil, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

The Production Boom

The increase in crude oil production has become old news. Improvements in fracking technology increased production from 5.5 million barrels per day (MMBD) in 2010 to 8.9 MMBD in 2016. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects that crude oil production in 2017 to be 9.3 MMBD and in 2018 reach 10 MMBD, eclipsing the previous record of 9.6 MMBD set in 1970. The majority of this production is of the light sweet crude oil variety, and United States refiners already have enough of it.

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Petrochemical Conference returns to Houston December 1-2

Excargo Sponsors the 2016 Petrochemical Supply Chain & Export Logistics Conference

Excargo is a proud sponsor of the world’s largest petrochemical supply chain and export logistics conference which will be held on December 1-2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The conference will focus on how supply chain and transportation directors can optimize their plastic resin and bulk liquid petrochemical supply chains to accommodate the huge onset of growth for US petchem exports.

During the conference, Marcia Faschingbauer, President and CEO of Excargo, will speak on the Current and Future Capabilities of Packaging/Warehouse panel on December 1st at 4:15pm. She will discuss the drayage market and the need to keep Texas competitive.

For more information regarding the conference, visit http://www.petchem-update.com/petrochemical-supplychain/.

For additional information on Marcia’s session, click here.

GHP State of Port Lunch Slated for November 9

Excargo is proud to be a sponsor of the annual State of the Port lunch to be held at the Omni Hotel
Wednesday, November 9. Commissioner Janiece Longoria always makes this s a very memorable and educational session.
Excargo will host key customers and staff.

New Trucking Economic Impact Facts:

Employment: In 2015, the trucking industry in Texas provided 660,160 jobs or 1 out of 15 in the state. Total trucking industry wages paid in Texas in 2015 exceeded $30.9 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of $46,847. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2015 that heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers held 181,640 jobs with an average annual salary of $41,300.

Small Business Emphasis: As of April 2015, there were 80,370 trucking companies located in Texas, most of them small, locally owned businesses. These companies are served by a wide range of supporting businesses both large and small.

Transportation of Essential Products: Trucks transported 43% of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2012 or 933,624 tons per day. 82.1% of Texas communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.


Christopher Spear was named president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, effective July 9, succeeding Bill Graves. ATA made the announcement July 1, when it introduced Spear to the staff at the federation’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters. Spear was given a five-year contract and chosen from a field of about two dozen candidates, according to ATA Chairman Pat Thomas.

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OCEMA and Six East & Gulf Coast Ports To Develop Common Terminal Weighing Approach to VGM


May 19, 2016

Washington, D.C. May 19, 2016 – The 19 ocean carrier members of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (“OCEMA”) have joined with six major East and Gulf coast ports, including the South Carolina Ports Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Houston Authority, The Port of Virginia, and the Massachusetts Port Authority, to develop a common streamlined “Terminal Weighing Approach” to providing verified gross mass (“VGM”) at port locations. Earlier today, OCEMA and the Ports filed an agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission with regard to the cooperative effort.

Spotlight on Marcia Faschingbauer

Hard work and long hours are things Marcia Faschingbauer, President and CEO of Excargo Services, does not shy away from. Marcia has been working hard her entire life. Starting at her father’s food packing service, to now owning Excargo. Marcia has spent years building a reputation in the Houston community as a business leader and advocate of the American dream.
Marcia’s path to success began as a teenager, Marcia worked at her father’s food packing company, First Prize Foods, where they packaged dried beans and rice. Under her father, Marcia said, she learned “how important it was for the food to be clean,” as well as properly packed and secure to ensure it reached the customer. Marcia’s first experiences at First Prize Foods gave her an early taste of the value of the customer service experience to the customer.

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Maersk Line Transitions from APM Terminals to Port of Houston Authority Terminals

The Port of Houston Authority will resume operations of APM Terminals effective Monday, July 27, 2015.

Beginning Monday, July 27th, ALL cargo will be required to transit via
the Port of Houston Authority gates located at:
600 E. Barbours Cut Blvd., La Porte, TX 77571
*The APM gate will NOT be available* 
APM Terminals’ last day of operation will be at 1500 on Friday, July 24, 2015, all cut-offs will be advanced to 1400.
To help make this transition as smooth as possible, we have
developed a Frequently Asked Questions page
to help answer your questions.
For additional information, please contact Customer Service at 713-670-1100 or email:
Maersk Line will continue calling at the Port of Houston. 
Learn more from this Press Release.

The Economy At A Glance

Greater Houston Partnership: Volume 24 Number 5 – May 2015