Author Archive for Trevor Current

NITL Supports FMC Oversight Over Rail Storage Fees Assessed as Part of International Ocean Through Transportation

NITL attended the May 11, 2023, meeting of the FMC’s National Shipper Advisory Committee (NSAC) where public participation and comment was requested, among other matters, on the NCAS proposed resolution regarding rail storage charges assessed on containers moving in international commerce.  NITL supports the NCAS proposal which asks the FMC to address rail storage charges in its pending rulemaking in Docket No. FMC-2022-0066-0090, Demurrage and Detention Billing Requirements. Specifically, NITL supports expanding the definition of demurrage to include railroad storage charges that are assessed as part of through transportation under ocean bills of lading and requiring ocean carriers to be the billing party for such charges. This proposal would ensure that rail storage charges assessed on intermodal shipments moving in international commerce are subject to FMC oversight and the OSRA22 requirements.

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NITL Signs Onto West Coast Port Letter to Administration to Get Involved

NITL joins over two hundred organizations that represent millions of businesses and employees, regarding the ongoing West Coast port labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association. The labor contract has now been expired for over eight months. Negotiations have been ongoing for over ten months, with little to no progress towards a new long-term agreement. It is imperative that the administration work with the parties to quickly reach a new agreement and ensure there is no disruption to port operations and cargo fluidity.

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STB Decision Approving CP/KCS Rail Merger

On March 15, 2023, the Surface Transportation Board (“STB” or “Board”) issued a decision in FD No. 36500 that approves the merger of Canadian Pacific Railroad (“CP”) with the Kansas City Southern Railway (“KCS”) (collectively “Applicants”). The STB’s approval is subject to multiple conditions to address anti-competitive concerns, capacity concerns, potential service disruptions, environmental issues, and various other concerns specific to individual stakeholders. The STB also denied competing applications filed by Canadian National, Norfolk Southern, and CSX requesting divestiture of certain KCS lines. The STB’s decision takes effect on April 14, 2023.

This memorandum summarizes the Board’s decision with a focus upon those issues that were of primary concern to the Joint Associations, which included the American Chemistry Council (“ACC”), The Fertilizer Institute (“TFI”), and The National Industrial Transportation League (“NITL”). It also includes a list of all conditions imposed by the Board.

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NITL Testifies before Rail Subcommittee

NITL Brad Hildebrand, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials on March 8, 2022.  You can read his full written testimony and attached examples.

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NITL Sends Strong Follow-up Comments Rail Subcommittee

NITL send strong follow-up comments to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials from the March 8, 2022, hearing.

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Demand for Trucking Reaches Historic High: How to Combat Covid-19 Induced Capacity Crisis Soaring

September 2nd – 11am EDT

Speaker: Jeff Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide

Since June 2020, truck capacity has steadily tightened, reaching all-time highs in early August. Freight prices have increased in the spot markets, LTL and intermodal. Contract pricing too, as tender rejections are up. It all adds up to the next great capacity crisis–the third in about 5 years. Yet few shippers plan strategies to anticipate and scale these crises.

Demand is likely to increase–U.S. factory orders rose 6.2% in June, with predicted continued growth; China’s factory output in July was the largest growth it’s had since 2011. It means products will be more expensive and more challenging to ship than ever before. We’ll look at the market data today and discuss some critical mega-trends you need to know for future success.

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Handling Disruptions Today and Tomorrow

September 16th – 2pm EDT

Speaker: Richard Sharpe, Competitive Insights

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many supply chain related resiliency issues, ranging from shortages in product availability to meeting surges in demand. Because the supply chain issues are  so visible and affecting so many companies adversely, shareholders and stakeholders will require companies and their supply chain executives to demonstrate an active, effective and ongoing  Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) program. What will be the next disruptive event? Are you ready?

You are invited to attend a very interactive presentation by Richard Sharpe, CEO of Competitive Insights, and gain key takeaways to make smarter and more targeted SCRM decisions, both reactive and proactive. Learn how effective SCRM analytics enables companies to add measurable resiliency to their operation while, at the same time, protecting profit and shareholder and stakeholder investments.

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