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Commerce Announces Preliminary Dumping Determination on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

October 25, 2017

Commerce Announces Preliminary Dumping Determination on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

The U.S. Department of Commerce Oct. 23 announced a preliminary determination regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, finding biodiesel is being dumped into the United States at below fair-market value. As a result, biodiesel importers will be required to pay cash deposits to the U.S. government on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia at a rate equal to the dumping margins.

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

August 31, 2016

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

It is well known that higher productivity vehicles and fuel efficiency standards for trucks are gradually reducing the per-vehicle demand for diesel, which is likely to change operations at truckstop and travel plaza locations across the country.

Biodiesel Tax Credit Likely to Remain at Blender Level

December 16, 2015

Biodiesel Tax Credit Likely to Remain at Blender Level

On December 15, Congress unveiled a massive tax and spending package that will be debated over the remainder of this week. NATSO will be analyzing the thousands of pages of legislation in the coming days, but is pleased to report that some lawmakers' efforts to convert the biodiesel blenders credit to a biodiesel producers credit has failed.

Stay Current on these Regulations and Fuel Standards

November 1, 2015

Stay Current on these Regulations and Fuel Standards

The trucking industry is constantly adjusting to and preparing for new regulations, and the coming years are no different. Two of the primary regulatory issues the trucking industry is monitoring are requirements to use speed limiters and electronic logging devices. The Department of Transportation is also considering altering regulations related to driver health.

Five Factors Affecting the Future of Freight Movement

June 30, 2015

Five Factors Affecting the Future of Freight Movement

The need to get items to consumers quickly coupled with concerns over aging infrastructure and supply chain disruptions is driving a growing number of retailers and shippers to position product regionally throughout the country

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

July 1, 2014

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

Sapp Bros.’ first location opened on June 7, 1971, in Omaha, Neb. Today there are 16 travel centers located in eight states. F rom the beginning, the company has always embraced new ideas and technology that would improve its offerings and better meet its customers’ needs. With this focus in mind, this year they added natural gas to one location in Lincoln, Neb., and are working on installing the second in Columbus, Neb. They are contemplating adding two more this year.

ITEP Report Calls for Modernizing Federal Fuel Tax

October 7, 2013

ITEP Report Calls for Modernizing Federal Fuel Tax

A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) offers specific policy recommendations for modernizing the federal fuel tax, which hasn't been raised in 20 years.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

June 20, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

While alternative fuels and technologies may increase in the future, diesel will remain the primary fuel for the trucking industry for decades. The findings were part of a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at the full breadth of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

States Seek to Change Motor Fuel Taxes to Increase Transportation Revenues

April 22, 2013

States Seek to Change Motor Fuel Taxes to Increase Transportation Revenues

The number of states seeking to generate transportation revenues by adjusting their state motor fuel taxes continues to grow, with lawmakers in Minnesota, Vermont and Pennsylvania marking the latest to introduce such legislation.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Trucking

April 10, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Trucking

Diesel fuel will remain the primary fuel the trucking industry uses for decades to come, according to a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at a range of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

Automakers to Meet Fuel-Efficiency Standards With Increased Electric Cars

March 11, 2013

Automakers to Meet Fuel-Efficiency Standards With Increased Electric Cars

Automakers tasked with meeting new federal fuel-efficiency standards of 54.5 miles a gallon by 2025 plan to trim fuel consumption by reducing automobile weights as well focusing on electric vehicles.

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Mark Russell

March 10, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Mark Russell

Industry suppliers know that understanding their customers increases service levels in addition to profits. While no two days are ever exactly the same for truckstop and travel plaza operators, Highway Business Matters sat down with Mark Russell, director of operations for Russell’s Truck and Travel Center 2, near Amarillo, Texas to learn about a typical day.

Trends And Priorities Affecting The Truckstop And Travel Plaza Industry

March 1, 2013

Trends And Priorities Affecting The Truckstop And Travel Plaza Industry

History shows that the offerings and business operations at truckstops and travel plazas shift as their customers’ needs change, and the most successful operations work to stay

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Ethanol Increases

February 25, 2013

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Ethanol Increases

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-M.S.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have introduced legislation to block an increase in the amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline. The bill would overturn Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waivers that allowed gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be used for many passenger cars and light trucks, and would prohibit the agency from granting future waivers for any blends above 10 percent ethanol.

Canadian Crude Oil Pumps Supply for Local Refiners

January 14, 2013

Canadian Crude Oil Pumps Supply for Local Refiners

Tom Kloza, the chief analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, said a concentration of crude from Canada, down through North Dakota, Missouri and West Texas is creating opportunities for local refineries, resulting in lower prices in some markets.

Get To Know Your Fuel Customers

January 1, 2013

Get To Know Your Fuel Customers

Knowing what products to stock and when can boost sales and profits for truckstop and travel plaza operators. Operators take time to get to know the drivers who come into their locations each day, but to foster long-term relationships, they must also get to know the corporate executives at the trucking companies where those drivers work.

Truckstop Executives, Carriers Discuss the Future of Natural Gas

December 3, 2012

Truckstop Executives, Carriers Discuss the Future of Natural Gas

Jimmy Haslam, chairman and CEO of Pilot Flying J, Frank Love, president of operations for Love’s Travel Stops, and Thomas O’Brien, CEO of TravelCenters of America spoke in the session “Infrastructure Hurdles: The Chicken or the Egg.”

Federal, State Lawmakers Eye Increases to Gas Tax

November 26, 2012

Federal, State Lawmakers Eye Increases to Gas Tax

Lawmakers at both the federal and state level are saying they will consider raising fuel taxes to fund much needed highway infrastructure projects

Fuel Supply Improves in New York and New Jersey

November 12, 2012

Fuel Supply Improves in New York and New Jersey

Fuel supplies in New York and New Jersey are slowly returning to normal after Hurricane Sandy, and officials are continuing to take action to reduce shortages that still remain in some areas. In New York City and Long Island, authorities announced gas rationing systems that started on Nov. 9.

 DOT Team to Expedite Fuel Deliveries in Hurricane Region

November 6, 2012

DOT Team to Expedite Fuel Deliveries in Hurricane Region

FMCSA has created an Interstate Petroleum Transport Team to streamline state regulations and ensure the fastest and most efficient movement of fuel.

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