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The Trucker Newspaper - April 15, 2018

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Business April 15-30, 2018 • 23 ATA’s Truck Tonnage Index (Seasonally Adjusted; 2015=100) 110 108 106 104 102 100 98 96 94 92 APR - 13 JUL - 13 OCT - 13 JAN - 14 APR - 14 JUL - 14 OCT - 14 JAN - 15 APR - 15 Associated Press: PABLO MONSAIVAIS President Donald Trump arrives for Easter services. Among other items, Trump tweeted that NAFTA is bad for the United States. JUL - 15 JAN - 17 APR - 17 JUL - 17 After building on achievements of 2017, TCA President John Lyboldt forecasts bullish 2018 Klint Lowry klint.lowry@thetrucker.com “The Future of Truckload” was the theme for the 80th annual Truckload Carriers Association Convention, and that is just what TCA President John Lyboldt had on his mind when he took the stage at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, to address the crowd on March 27. In a sense the speech was presented in such a way as to mark TCA’s march into the future. Outgoing TCA Chairman Rob Penner introduced Lyboldt, and when Lyboldt was finished with his speech, he in turn introduced the incoming chairman, Dan Doran. But you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been, and as Lyboldt expressed confidence in the direction OCT - 15 JAN - 16 APR - 16 JUL - 16 OCT - 16 OCT - 17 JAN - 18 FEB - 18 TCA is heading, that optimism was buttressed by the accomplishments of the past year to make TCA what he called “a true business partner” to its members. “No longer is it acceptable for TCA to think our measurement of success is the collection of dues,” he said. “The new measurement of success is member engagement, member participation and membership growth. “Building value in belonging to TCA along with the never-ending necessity to change to meet membership needs is a business imperative. Helping you increase your assets, making you more profitable, helping you retain your skilled workforce, and being ‘the voice of truckload’ is just not talk. Together we have taken this direction seriously.” See TCA on p24 m THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump on April 1 declared “NO MORE” to a deal to help “Dreamer” immigrants and threatened to pull out of a free trade agreement with Mexico unless it does more to stop people from crossing into the U.S. He claimed they’re coming to take advantage of protections granted certain immigrants. “NO MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump tweeted one hour after he began the day by wishing his followers a “HAPPY EASTER!” He said Mexico must “stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!” The U.S., Canada and Mexico are participating in tense negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement at Trump’s insistence. Trump says NAFTA is bad for the U.S. “Mexico has got to help us at the border,” Trump, holding his wife’s hand, told reporters before the couple attended Easter services at an Episcopal church near his Palm Beach home. “If Tonnage declines 2.6% in February from January; but up 5.7% over 2017 Lyndon Finney editor@thetrucker.com ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 2.6 percent in February after rising 1.6 percent in January. In February, the index equaled 109.2 (2015=100), down from 112.1 in January. ATA revised the January increase from the originally reported 2.0 percent to 1.6 percent. Compared with February 2017, the SA index jumped 5.7 percent, which was below January’s 8.4 percent year-over-year gain, but still well above 2017’s annual increase. For all of 2017, the index increased 3.8 percent over 2016. Year-to-date, compared with the same two months in 2017, tonnage is up 7.1 percent. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjust- See Tonnage on p29 m Courtesy: TRUCKLOAD CARRIERS ASSOCIATION The Truckload Carriers Association accomplished some big things in 2017, but there’s more to come in 2018, TCA President John Lyboldt told the crowd as he spoke at the 80th annual TCA Convention. Trump says NAFTA bad for U.S., has been ‘cash cow’ for Mexico they’re not going to help us at the border, it’s a very sad thing between our two countries.” “A lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA,” he added. Former President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to provide temporary protection and work permits to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally after being brought here as children. Trump ended the program last year, but gave Congress six months to pass legislation enshrining it. A deal has so far proved elusive and Trump has blamed Democrats. It was not immediately clear what Trump was referring to when he said people are coming to take advantage of the program. The Department of Homeland Security is not issuing new permits, though existing ones can be renewed. The Obama administration allowed signups during a set period of time, and the program is closed to new entrants. Proposed DACA deals crafted by lawmakers and rejected by Trump also were not open to new participants. Trump did not explain what he meant when questioned by reporters as he entered the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea with the first lady and his daughter Tiffany. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification. Trump, when addressing reporters briefly before entering the church, again blamed Democrats for failing to protect the “Dreamers.” “They had a great chance. The Democrats blew it. They had a great, great chance, but we’ll have to take a look because Mexico has got to help us at the border. They flow right through Mexico. They send them into the United States. It can’t happen that way anymore.” Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign to build a Southern border wall to stop illegal immigration and drugs from Mexico, but Congress has frustrated him by not moving as quickly as he wants to provide money for construction. 8