Anybody got an idea as to what is going on here?

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  1. Dracula

    Dracula Well-Known Member

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    Saia LTL webpage shows our Canadian connection to be Concord Truck Lines.
    http://www.saia.com/servicesContent.aspx?c=Canada

    A few days ago, a news release reports that Saia and TST Overland Express of Canada are partnering to
    interline freight, effective May 22, 2017.
    http://www.todaystrucking.com/tst-overland-express-saia-announce-partnership

    If you go to the TST website, it lists Estes as their U S partner and mover of all of their U S freight.
    https://www.tstoverland.com/content/strategic-alliance
    https://www.tstoverland.com/our-locations

    The new NE terminals are scheduled to open in May of this year and TST starts shipping the same month. Coincidence?

    anybody, anybody , Bueller?
     
  2. runawaytrain

    runawaytrain Wear their scorn with pride.

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    I sent our resident Canadian a PM to see if he can shed any light on this topic.
     
  3. Canadian Flyer

    Canadian Flyer Speedy Freightshaker #411

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    Well, this cat is already getting out of the bag, it seems. Since TST has announced their new move, I feel comfortable explaining what appears to have happened from an industry insider perspective.

    Estes Express Lines has chosen to shift their existing partnership from TST Overland Express to Speedy Transport. It's my understanding that Speedy spent a lot of time on Estes after long-time partner ODFL switched to Manitoulin Transport last year. While I don't know all the details, I do know that Estes and Speedy have not yet made a public announcement concerning this.

    I also know that May 22 is when the new partnership is set to take effect. With Saia opening new terminals that TST will undoubtedly be servicing, it's very likely that this is no coincidence. Speedy will not be servicing Estes from the same terminals TST did.

    I can only speculate on why Estes gave up on their 21 year partnership with Overland Express (which dates back to TNT and the USF sell off in 1996...which is how Speedy got Holland). I can likewise only speculate on why Overland picked up Saia.
     
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  4. Canadian Flyer

    Canadian Flyer Speedy Freightshaker #411

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    I am dedicating a second post to explaining a bit about TST Overland Express, their history, and what to expect from them.

    TST Overland Express is an amalgamation of companies that dates back to TNT, who put together the Overland Express name by merging an Ontario carrier and a Quebec carrier. They were partnered with TNT Red Star and TNT Holland from the mid 1980's to 1996 when TNT sold their US unit to the stock market. This is when TNT Canada got involved in the ExpressLink partnership with Estes, GI Trucking and Lakeville Motor Express. Lakeville later left after Estes bought GI, joining The Reliance Network instead.

    In 1998, TNT sold Overland Express to their management after KPN, a Dutch conglomerate, bought them out. This was when they branded themselves TST, as a quick way to escape the TNT brand. Two years later TST was bought by Cabano-Kingsway, with the parent company becoming TransForce International.

    Overland Express grew aggressively westward under a few mergers and acquisitions. Porter Trucking, later TST Porter, was the main purchase and, subsequently, merger. The result of this is that Overland Express is a completely different carrier in Western Canada.

    Pertinent to Ontario and Quebec, TST Overland Express doesn't provide any of it's own linehaul service to Estes in the Northeast and Midwest. Linehaul is contracted out, previously to whomever but recently internally to other TFI truckload carriers like Highland and Roadfast. I don't know if this attitude will change with Saia.
     
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  5. ltltrkr

    ltltrkr Active Member

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    With Transforce( TFI ) just buying up Conway Truckload and bringing back the CFI name for it , CFI hauls from Canada to Mexico. The can easily move freight thru out the US now.

    Speedy used to do business with New Penn, it doesn't any more.
     
  6. Canadian Flyer

    Canadian Flyer Speedy Freightshaker #411

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    Yep. New Penn switched to Dicom last year, I'm not really sure why. Speedy still provides service for Holland, as well as Ward and SEFL.

    TFI hasn't yet linked their US operations with their Canadian operations. They've owned Transport America for a few years and as far as I know they've left it to operate as is. And it's been largely the same with CFI so far.
     
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    Doubleclutcher Romper Room Moniter

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    Doubleclutcher Romper Room Moniter

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  9. Canadian Flyer

    Canadian Flyer Speedy Freightshaker #411

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