Congress recently adjourned for its annual August recess following a productive July session that was punctuated by a number of significant wins for our industry. These victories would not have been possible without ATA’s repeated engagements with Capitol Hill. ATA experts are in regular contact with congressional leaders and staff to educate them on the trucking industry and effective policies that can best support fleets and drivers. *Improvements to young driver apprenticeship program advanced. *Base access provision included in NDAA. *House moved bill to overturn California’s destructive mandates. *Resolution opposing NYC congestion pricing breaks partisan gridlock. *ATA presses provision to protect independent contractor model. *ATA renews push to repeal FET.
National Average Price for Regular Unleaded Current: $3.143; Month Ago: $3.067; Year Ago: $2.189. National Average Price for Diesel Current: $3.260; Month Ago: $3.202; Year Ago: $2.439.
Marketers’ disgust with online ad fraud has created an opening for our industry, but we’re not ready to take advantage of it. Our out-of-date, out-of-synch approaches to magazine advertising proposals are holding us back from taking advantage of this new opportunity. Judging from my interactions with advertising sales reps, they’re seeing fewer digital-only RFPs these days and more media-agnostic ones. Marketers who were in the “print is dead” camp now seem intrigued with the ability of print to engage their most valuable prospects. But simply buying ad pages in general-interest magazines is not their idea of effective targeting.
India’s imports of African crude oil in October plunged to their lowest in over four years, with the world’s No.3 oil consumer increasingly turning to cheaper supplies from the United States and heavier Middle Eastern grades, ship tracking data showed. U.S. crude production has soared more than 14 percent since mid-2016 to 9.65 million barrels per day (bpd), altering trade routes as its relatively cheap and light grades become a viable import option for Asian refiners. “Earlier in Asia, West African oil was competing with Middle East grades, but now it has a new competitor: the U.S.,” said Ehsan Ul-Haq, director of crude oil and refined products at consultancy Resource Economist. Click Read More below for additional information.