Hunter Transportation specializes in local and short haul over the road container transport in the Charleston Area. Our customers enjoy working with a locally owned and managed company that has professional drivers and staff.
Hunter Transportation also owns a mixture of new and used trucks, in addition to 5 standard 40 chassis, two 12 pin chassis, ten 8 pin chassis, and two 2 tank chassis. Furthermore, we make use of Profit Tools Dispatching software in order to manage our drivers and trucks to provide maximum efficiency for our customers. For Drivers:
Hunter Transportation offers competitive pay, paid holidays, and bo
Operating as usual
[05/19/21] Effective May 1, 2021 Hunter Transportation Co. Inc. was purchased by ATS Logistics of North Charleston, SC. We thoroughly enjoyed our time being of service. Please join us as our journey continues and expands with ATS Logistics.
[01/20/21] We're looking for professional drivers. Call Greg today 843 849 9192, ext. 307
[01/31/20] We're looking for professional drivers. Call Greg today 843 849 9192, ext. 307
[10/18/19] Hunter Transportation is looking for professional drivers. We offer great pay and benefits. Call Greg at 843 531 6201!
[09/10/19] Thanks go out to our drivers who worked when they could have stayed home. You are successful and professional drivers. Thank you.
[09/07/19] We need drivers tomorrow. The terminals and rails will be pen. Traffic will be thin. A great day to make up for lost opportunities due to the Hurricane. Come on!
[09/05/19] The SCPA has changed their terminal opening times to 7:00 AM Friday September 6th. The terminals will also be operating fully staffed gates and yard operations Saturday and Sunday. There are opportunities to make up for the two missed days. Please plan to work both days. Thanks
[09/05/19] The office and yard lost power earlier today. Hopefully power will be restored before all begin arriving. Please call me or Greg should the power still be out. Thanks for your patience.
Hurricane Dorian is approaching and looks to be here by this evening. Hunter Transportation is closed until Friday morning - hopefully. Though we think we're a newly minted meterologist, We really are not.
The SCPA Terminals are closed until Friday morning - conditions permitting - at 9 am. Please check with our Fleet Manager or Dispatch prior to getting out Friday morning. Also check back here after 5 pm Thursday evening for an update.
All - Be Safe and prayer always helps!
The SCPA will open Tuesday morning at 5 am and operate until 5 pm.
They will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. They're planning to reopen Friday morning at 9 am. They are planning a full gate operation Saturday and Sunday and then the regular schedule going forward.
Norfolk Southern is closed until Friday.
CSX will be open Tuesday and closed Wednesday and Friday
Drivers and Staff please report to work Tuesday morning as usual. If you've made plans to evacuate, please let us know by text, email, or phone call. Please feel free to contact us for any questions.
We're hoping Hurricane Dorian will pass harmlessly out to sea. The NHC Wind Possibilities suggest winds around 75 MPH. That's "good" news!
We're unsure of how soon tropical winds will be on Tuesday. Stay tuned for further updates. Stay Safe!
[07/29/19] We are looking for professional company drivers for local and over the road. Please contact Greg 843 519 0433 or e-mail [email protected]
[06/12/19] Starting July 1, 2019, the SCPA ocean terminals will open at 5:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will continue to open at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. We would like to have you consider Hunter Transportation Co. as your permanent home. We're hiring local and over the road company drivers. Please call Greg at 843 849 9192, Ext. 307
[02/25/19] We're looking for Company Drivers. Call Greg 843 849 9192, Ext. 307 Call Today!
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[01/10/19] Effective Monday, January 14, 2018 CSX is implementing a gate reservation system for inbound containers to the Charleston Intermodal facility. HTCI will discuss with our drivers our system to handle the input and use of the system.
[12/31/18] Hunter Transportation is looking for professional drivers. Please contact Greg at [email protected] for details!
You have been invited to attend a fundraiser event hosted by Transportation and Construction interests for Katie Arrington's campaign!
When and Where:
Thursday, October 4th, at 12:00pm
Ristorante LIDI at 901 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island, SC 29492
Katie Arrington, wants to be your 1st District Representative in Congress, and needs your support now.
Katie wants to be your Republican Representative in District 1. It’s not partisan, but it’s important to have a pro-business US House of Representatives, and Katie is a business woman.
There is ONE THING every business person with a connection to commercial trucking can do TODAY to help her:
• Send a personal contribution to "Katie Arrington for Congress" by following this link.
• Or by mailing a personal check to: PO Box 80177 Charleston, SC 29416.
o She needs this support now, so she can get her message out, and drive turnout on Election Day.
o It would be really helpful to have it to her before the September 30th filing period closes!
Then, there’s ONE more thing you can do, for Election Day:
• YOU, and everyone you can influence, should show up and VOTE on November 6.
o Talk it up, and get folks committed to show up.
o You can vote “absentee.” Register for absentee voting in your county by clicking here.
Her Record with Trucking, Transportation, and Construction:
• Katie worked enthusiastically and closely with the trucking and construction associations during her first – and only – term in the SC House of Representatives.
• She proved to be a very strong advocate for highway improvements, and wasn’t shy about taking on this very controversial subject.
• She knows and understands transportation logistics and the construction industry, and the critical importance of a healthy economy for both.
• She knows that we need lawsuit reform.
• She knows our industries need truck drivers.
• And she knows that we need fiscal responsibility – especially in Washington DC!
We don’t know her Democratic challenger, but understand he’s a fine man. But we do know that Katie will be with us on the most important issues that Congress will be dealing with.
Click Here To Check Out Katie Arrington's Campaign
We urge you to ACT NOW to support Katie Arrington TODAY!
Thank you for your efforts by participating in making our U.S. government better.
Reporting: Federal law requires the use of best efforts to obtain and report the name, address, employer and occupation for each individual whose contribution aggregate in excess of $200 during the election cycle. Limits: Individuals may contribute a maximum of $5,400 in the 2017-2018 election cycle ($2,700 for the primary and $2,700 for the general election). PACs: Political Action Committees may contribute a maximum of $10,000 in the 2017-2018 election cycle ($5,000 for the primary and $5,000 for the general election). Contributions to Katie Arrington for Congress are not tax deductible.
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The SCPA, CSX Intermodal and Norfolk Southern Intermodal Terminals are opening at 4:00 A.M. Monday, September 17th. Drivers - Be here or be square..
[09/14/18] The SCPA is still planning to be closed today - Friday and tomorrow Saturday. We hope they'll reopen Monday, September 16th. Hopefully there will plenty to do. Stay in touch with Greg or Coleman. STAY SAFE!
[06/21/18] Hunter Transportation is looking for company drivers. Please contact Greg at 843 531 6201
Unprecedented' demand strains US surface transport
JOC › Trucking Logistics
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 15, 2018 6:26PM EDT
Trucks travel in Tennessee, United States.
Several factors — expected and unexpected — are increasing US trucking and intermodal costs for shippers in June, and threaten to keep pressure on in July. (Above: Trucks travel in Tennessee, United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.
After several relatively stable months, US freight demand is spiking in June, squeezing already scarce capacity tighter and pushing up rates faster. Rather than softening in mid-June before climbing before the Fourth of July holiday, freight markets accelerated, propelled by a combination of factors that cumulatively created a market some call “unprecedented.”
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Among those factors: the three-day International Roadcheck truck inspection blitz in early June; tight oil pipeline capacity in Texas that is tapping flatbed and tank trucks; a late start to produce season in some areas thanks to a late, wet spring; and strong demand for manufactured goods and services, as reflected in the Institute for Supply Management’s indices for May.
All those factors fall atop truck and rail capacity already strained by higher freight demand and the impact of the US electronic logging device (ELD) mandate introduced in December.
The uptick in demand has been felt from over-the-road truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers to intermodal rail operators and drayage truckers. “May ended with a bang and in June so far, [truckload] contract rates are up 13 cents a mile and [dry van truckload] spot rates 14 cents a mile,” Mark Montague, industry pricing analyst at DAT Solutions, said Friday.
Contract rates up about 11 percent in a year
Contract rates this year are up about 11 percent on average, according to Trans-Logistics Group. “Rates are going up and they’ll continue to go up until you can’t find a box or a trailer, and then you’ll really have to scramble,” said founder and principal Charles W. “Chuck” Clowdis Jr. “This is the strongest market anybody with a memory can imagine.”
The Cass Freight Index for May, released Friday, showed shipment volumes up 11.9 percent from a year ago and 5.9 percent from April, setting the stage for stronger growth in June. The Cass Freight shipper expenditure index was up 17.3 percent year over year and 4.9 percent from April, reflecting the higher prices shippers are willing to pay to get goods delivered.
Click to enlarge. Copyright © 2018 DAT Solutions. On the map, bright red = 5.5 - that means there were 5.5 truckloads for every truck. Almost white = 0 to 1 truckloads for every truck. This survey is for 135 markets on June 14, 2018.
“This market is unprecedented,” Rob Estes, president and CEO of Estes Express Lines, the largest privately owned LTL trucking company, said at an event in Pittsburgh Tuesday. “This is bigger even than 2004 and 2005.” Those were years when high freight demand and tight capacity fueled frenetic growth eventually checked by the recession of 2008-2009. In both the LTL and truckload markets, “opportunity” exceeds capacity, leading to a spike in rejected freight tenders. “Right now if you look at the sheer amount of turndowns, they’re up much higher than we’ve seen in the past,” Eric Fuller, president and CEO of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, said Thursday. “There’s more opportunity than we can possibly handle.”
Anecdotally, shippers confirm a spike in rejected freight tenders. In an email, one shipper said an LTL carrier had told them a local Northeast terminal was so backed up “they just couldn’t fit in any more trailers, trucks, or shipments for the next couple days.” Overbooked LTL and truckload carriers are certainly trying to control the amount of freight flowing through their networks.
DAT’s spot market rates jumped in the week ending June 9, which included the three-day International Roadcheck conducted by state and provincial police and truck inspectors. The US average dry-van spot rate leaped 10 cents to $2.29 per mile, while the average refrigerated spot rate jumped 19 cents to $2.69 a mile. The average flatbed price rose 6 cents to $2.81 per mile.
“Roadcheck was a significant event in the dry van world,” Montague said. The 10-cent-per-mile increase in the national average dry-van spot rate was similar to last year’s increase, he said.
Meanwhile, spot rates have surged 26 percent in a year
An analysis of the top 100 US spot truckload lanes showed a marked price hike. Spot rates had been up 26 percent on average year over year entering June, when the differential jumped to 29 percent. “We’re getting back to the peak differential (year over year) in spot rates we saw early in the year,” when rates spiked following the rollout of the ELD mandate, Montague said.
Many truck drivers take time off during the inspection blitz, June 5 to 7 this year, which leads to a sudden contraction in capacity and surge in spot market pricing. More freight swings to the spot market as shippers try to find capacity. In the week ending June 9, the number of loads on DAT load boards increased 27 percent while truck posts fell 0.4 percent, Montague said.
“We see strength that will roll into July in the refrigerated and van sector,” he said. “And if oil field construction continues, that will keep flatbed going all through the winter months, when there’s usually a lull.” Oil production in the Southwest’s Permian Basin will reach 5.4 million barrels per day by 2023, according to a new forecast by IHS Markit, which owns JOC.com.
Trucks are needed in the Permian to supply pipeline construction projects and to haul oil. “I see nothing but higher rates and increased demand from this sector as we increase production for oil,” Montague said. “Rail comes into play, too but how much do railroads want to invest in transloading facilities and rail cars for a sector that might be gone in 18 months?”
Produce demand is also kicking in after a late start to the year in some parts of the United States. Truck rates out of Mexico through the Nogales, Arizona, crossing are up 24 percent on a year-over-year basis when combining all destinations tracked by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Rate increases from other origin points are similar, a JOC.com review of USDA data finds.
Intermodal drayage demand also spiked in the last two weeks, according to a drayage index and interviews with shippers, truckers, and third-party logistics providers. The Drayage Demand Index — a new industry metric calculated by Gross Transportation Consulting and Drayage.com — rose to 282 in the first week of June, up from a reading of 190 in early May.
Patrick Maher, executive vice president with Gulf Winds International in Houston, said business had picked up in the last two weeks. “The whole region, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, is seeing this, and then you put this resin boom on top of it. Shippers really need to shore up commitments to their trucking partners now, even if it means longer commitments.” he said.
The surge in drayage demand may reflect faster conversion of freight from highway to domestic intermodal rail. Montague noted that intermodal spot rates tracked by DAT are up 24.8 percent in June. “Rail intermodal usually trailers the spot market,” he said, “we used to have a one-month lag between intermodal and truck pricing, but that’s almost vanished.”
On the highway, U.S. Xpress sees “strong demand” in June, Fuller said. “We had a little bit of a later spring than usual because of the weather. The market was so tight going into April that it maybe didn’t feel so weak. But the late spring definitely impacted our business in April and May.” He believes pent up demand is overlapping with already strong growth.
Thanks to the convergence of all these factors, July may also be a stronger month for freight demand and trucking and intermodal carriers than usual. “The market has a long way to run and it’s going to last longer than what we’ve seen in the past,” said Fuller. Trucking’s inability to find enough qualified drivers means supply is likely to stay tight as long as the economy expands.
Contact William B. Cassidy at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter: @willbcassidy.
[01/03/18] The SCPA is considering opening from 1 pm to 10 pm tomorrow - Thursday, January 4th. We don't know if the road conditions will allow our trucks to operate safely. Our Fleet Manager - Greg sent out a text message to our drivers advising them of the port operating times. HTCI Drivers and contractors - if you don't hear from us by 11:30 a.m. feel free to contact us with the Two Way App on your phone or tablet. The snow storm has disrupted everyone's usual routine, so bear with us while the SCPA and SC DOT attempt to resume operations as best they can. Thanks for your patience!
[05/02/17] We've recently increased our pay for both company drivers and owner/operators. Please contact Will Johnson at 843 849 9192, Ext. 307
[05/01/17] We've recently increased our pay for both company drivers and owner/operators. Please contact Will Johnson at 843 849 9192, Ext. 307
Friday Information to Use and Impress Your Friends
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Governor Haley declared a State of Emergency. She ordered an evacuation for the coastal counties of our State. I-26 lanes will be reversed starting at 3PM Wednesday, October 5th. Hunter is closing in observance of the evacuation order at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 5th. We hope conditions will allow us to re-open on Monday, October 10th.
Please direct all inquires to [email protected]
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