Author Archive for NITL Staff

NITL Webinar: Solutions for the Ocean Shipping Network 

June 3, 2021
1– 2pm EDT 

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The ongoing ocean shipping turmoil has wreaked havoc on US exporters and importers, costing them billions of dollars in higher shipping costs, demurrage and detention charges, and lost business, with still no clear end in sight.   

The inability of US companies to timely access marine containers and chassis and secure sufficient vessel bookings to meet their business requirements has upended the ocean cargo shipping and delivery network.  These unprecedented challenges have exposed gaps in the law governing ocean carrier services that warrant immediate action.  

Join NITL for a webinar to discuss these challenges and review possible solutions through modifications to The Shipping Act of 1984, as proposed by NITL.  


Featured Speakers: 

  • Lori Fellmer, Chair, NITL Ocean Committee 
  • Karyn Booth, NITL General Counsel; Partner, Thompson Hine Law Firm 
  • Randy Mullett, Senior Policy Advisor; NITL; Mullet Strategies 
  • Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director, NITL 

This session will conclude with a Q&A and we invite you to submit your questions in advance here

Reserve your spot for this complimentary session today.

NITL Urges Congress to Adopt Shipping Act Reforms in Response to Unprecedented Disruption to the Ocean Shipping Network

The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), the nation’s
oldest trade association representing industrial freight transportation shippers, is calling on Congress to modernize the Shipping Act of 1984 after months of congestion at U.S. seaports and unprecedented disruption to the ocean shipping network. Click here to view the Press Release.

Positive Train Control: What Does the Future Hold?

January 13th – 2:00PM EST

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This webinar will look at the impacts and benefits Positive Train Control (PTC) will have as currently implemented, and what the future could bring. You will receive a status update on PTC across the United States, including the Kansas City Southern rail networks.   

The webinar will ask several key questions, and more, including:  

What does it mean for PTC to “go live” in January 2021?   

As a U.S. based regulation, how does PTC impact Canada and Mexico?  

Where is the rail industry headed and how will PTC be leveraged? 

Featured Speaker: 

Doug Vogl, 
VP Chief Technology Officer 
Kansas City Southern Railway Company 

You are invited to submit your questions in advance here.  

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Forecasting Trucking’s Future: Data-Driven Truckload Market Cycle

December 152pm EST 


 The Coyote Curve, a data-driven forecasting model based on the observed behaviour of shippers and carriers in the US freight market, is a proprietary index used by Coyote Logistics that uses years of market data and insight to measure the market capacity cycle. All shippers and carriers are impacted by the ebbs and flows of the market capacity cycle, but exactly how the market will impact your business varies based on a multitude of factors. 

 In this session, Coyote SVP of Yield Management Sean Fahey will give an overview of what the Coyote Curve is, how to utilize it in everyday decisions, and what it means moving into 2021.  Register Now to participate in this complimentary session.

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Transporting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Transporting the COVID-19 Vaccine:  Supply Chain Impact and Obstacles

November 19
11am – Noon EST

The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution will be the World’s Greatest Logistical Feat- Learn about the Bottlenecks, Obstacles and Challenges from the Front Lines.

Regardless of your company’s involvement, your supply chain may be impacted. Don’t miss this important session.

The pandemic transformed global supply chains, tested their limits and has proven most to be highly resilient. Operation Warp Speed—the name given to the shipping of COVID-19 vaccine, in a cold/cool environment in the US, (and everywhere on earth), is an undertaking like no other before.  Whether involved or not, this project will likely have several unintended consequences for shippers and service providers in our interconnected world. Join this panel as they explore challenges from the perspectives of a global package delivery provider, a healthcare freight forwarder, a temperature-controlled packaging supplier, and a healthcare and food trucking service provider. They’ll discuss the vaccine launch, and how it might lead to potential complexity in related and unrelated areas of the supply chain.

Featured Speakers:

Michael HaleySkyCell
Lorant Kovacs, DB Schenker
Mary Tussing, United Airlines Cargo
Larry St. Onge, DHL
Jeff Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide

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COVID-19 Response and Resources

NITL is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and has created a list of important resources and updates on federal and state activity. Click here for more details.

NITL Joins Trade Group Letter on Highway Funding

The National Industrial Transportation League joined dozens of other trade groups to sign on to a letter to the Senate Finance Committee as it considers the surface transportation reauthorization bill. Among the letter’s requests are that the committee consider broad mechanisms for funding the bill, rather than putting the burden on the freight transportation industry. The full letter may be found here.

NITL Files Comment on FMC Proposed Interpretive Rule

The National Industrial Transportation League filed comments on October 31st in response to the proposed interpretive rule on port demurrage and detention practices issued by the Federal Maritime Commission.

In September, the FMC issued final recommendations in its Fact Finding Investigation, which included a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on use of an interpretive rule to address detention and demurrage practices.



STB Announces Decisions on Demurrage/Accessorial Charges

On October 7th, the Surface Transportation Board announced its highly anticipated proposals on how the agency would address demurrage and accessorial charges.

Over three decisions, the Board has said the STB will continue “its efforts to improve dispute resolution processes, promote transparency, and make the agency more accessible.”

STB Decisions

  1. EP 757: Proposed Policy Statement on Demurrage and Accessorial Rules and Charges: provides information on principles the Board would consider in evaluating the reasonableness of demurrage and accessorial rules and charges. The proposed policy statement addresses a number of key areas of concern raised by stakeholders, including: free time, bunching, overlapping charges, invoicing and dispute resolution, credits, notice of major tariff changes, and warehouseman liability.

The Board expects this policy statement will:

    • Facilitate more effective problem solving between railroads, shippers, and receivers
    • Assist with prevention of unnecessary future issues
    • Enable more efficient and cost-effective resolution of issues when they do arise
  1. EP 759: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Demurrage Billing Requirements: the Board is proposing to enhance the transparency and accuracy of demurrage invoices by requiring Class I railroads to include minimum information that would assist shippers and receivers with verifying charges, determining who is responsible for delays, and evaluating whether and how they can expedite their handling of cars. The Board also proposes a requirement that Class I railroads send demurrage invoices directly to the shipper instead of the warehouseman, if so agreed upon by the warehouseman and the shipper.
  1. EP 760: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Exclusion of Demurrage Regulation from Certain Class Exemptions: the Board proposes to clarify its regulations governing exemptions for certain miscellaneous commodities, such as paper products and steel scrap, and boxcar transportation to ensure that they clearly reflect longstanding court and agency rulings that these exemptions do not apply to the regulation of demurrage. The Board also proposes to make the exemption for certain agricultural commodities consistent with those exemptions by revoking, in part, the exemption that currently covers certain agricultural commodities so that the exemption does not apply to the regulation of demurrage.

These decisions were in response to a May STB hearing where numerous parties, including NITL and many NITL members, shared concerns and challenges related to recent changes implemented by Class I railroads.

Comments to each of the proposals are due by November 6, 2019, and replies are due by December 6, 2019. NITL is reviewing the decisions and weighing how we will respond. We will provide further over the next few weeks.

More Reading:

Proposed Policy Statement on Demurrage and Accessorial Rules and Charges

NPRM Demurrage Billing Requirements

NPRM Exclusion of Demurrage from Certain Class Exemptions

NITL Testimony: May 2019 hearing on demurrage and accessorial charges

NITL Responds to STB Report on Rate Case Reform

National Industrial Transportation League Executive Director Jennifer Hedrick issued the following statement today in response to the Surface Transportation Board’s release of a report on review processes and methodologies:

“The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) welcomes the release of the report from the STB’s Rate Reform Task Force. We are pleased to see that the report offers recommendations for modifying the current rate review methodologies and processes, including decreasing the costs and complexities of bringing a rate case before the board.

Members of NITL thank the STB staff for their work on the report and Chairman Begeman for her commitment to rate reform. We look forward to analyzing the report and providing further comment upon review.”