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Gemini Cooperation Agreement, FMC Agreement No. 201429

The National Industrial Transportation League (“NITL” or the “League”) hereby submits its comments to the Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC”) regarding the Gemini Cooperation Agreement (“Gemini Agreement”) for which notice of the agreement’s filing with the agency was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2024 (89 Fed. Reg. 48430).

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NITL Intervenes On Final Rule of EP711

(“NITL”) respectfully moves this Court to allow NITL to intervene in the above-captioned appeal of the Surface Transportation Board’s (“STB”) April 30, 2024, order adopting a final rule in STB Docket No. EP 711 (Sub-No. 2), Reciprocal Switching for Inadequate Service (the “Order”).

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NITL Sees Missed Opportunity with STB’s Competitive Switching Final Rule

Washington, DC.  The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL or League), the nation’s leading trade association representing US shippers that rely on rail freight transportation systems to competitively ship their materials sees a missed opportunity with the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB or Board) final rule on Competitive Switching for Inadequate Service announced on April 30.

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NITL Supports Petition for Class I railroads to Report Service Performance Data

The National Industrial Transportation League (“NITL”) respectfully submits this letter in support of the Petition for Reconsideration filed by the Freight Rail Customer Alliance (“FRCA”) and National Coal Transportation Association (“NCTA”) on February 20, 2024, seeking reconsideration of the Board’s decision to discontinue the Class I railroads’ service performance data reporting obligations under 49 C.F.R. Part 1250.

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Testimony of National Industrial Transportation League, Informal Public Hearing on the Impact of Current Conditions in the Red Sea, and Gulf of Aden Regions, FMC-2024-0003-February 7, 2024 10:00 am

NITL is very mindful of the aggressions in the Middle East and the dangers faced by ocean carriers and their crews operating commercial vessels in the region. I want to be clear that NITL strongly supports measures to ensure their utmost safety and security, which must be a top priority. However, NITL members have concerns that the conditions in the Red Sea are causing carriers to assess unreasonable rates and charges with limited notice, and shippers are experiencing substantial disruption to supply chains due to unanticipated costs and shipment delays.

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With all of the turmoil in the supply chain right now, NITL is proud to be a part of the Americans for Free Trade

On behalf of the undersigned members of Americans for Free Trade, we are writing to request that Congress exercise its Article I, Section 8 authority over trade matters and urge USTR to immediately conclude and release the results of its four-year statutory review of the Section 301 tariffs. USTR initiated this review on May 3, 2022. USTR has taken over a year and half to conduct the review, which has exacerbated the uncertainty around the future of the tariffs. We further urge Congress to demand that USTR provide an immediate extension for the limited China 301 tariff exclusions and COVID exclusions, which are currently set to expire on December 31 – less than 20 days from now.

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NITL EP711 Comments Submitted to FMC

The Coalition Associations hereby submit these Reply Comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) served in this docket by the Surface Transportation Board (“STB” or “Board”) on September 7, 2023. These Reply Comments respond to the opening comments of the Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) and the six Class I railroads.2 The reciprocal switching statute at 49 U.S.C. § 11102(c) contains two alternative standards for prescribing reciprocal switching. The first is “practicable and in the public interest” 1The “Coalition Associations” are the American Chemistry Council (“ACC”), The Fertilizer Institute (“TFI”), and The National Industrial Transportation League (“NITL”).

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Employing Heroes – The Guide to Building a Veteran-Focused Hiring Strategy

NITL supports TransForce and FastPort for their efforts to get veterans hired. Veterans are one of the most highly sought-after groups for employment. From skills and work ethic to leadership and mindset, the value of the veteran workforce to the American economy cannot be understated. The transportation industry sees tremendous benefits from hiring resilient, detail-oriented and safety-cautious professionals.

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NITL Letter In Support of FMCSA Safety Fitness Determination – “Fit” – “Unfit”

The National Industrial Transportation League, NITL, submits this letter strongly supporting the Transportation Intermediaries Associations (TIA) filed comments in response to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) above referenced Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).

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Comments filed November 7th, 2023 – Reciprocal Switching for Inadequate Service – Docket No. EP711 – Sub. No. 2

NITL Files Comments with The Fertilizer Institute and American Chemistry Council. The NPRM closed Docket No. EP 711 (Sub-No. 1) (“Sub-Docket No. 1”), which had proposed regulations that would provide reciprocal switching pursuant to the standards in 49 U.S.C. § 11102(c) when “practicable and in the public interest, or where such agreements are necessary to provide competitive rail service.” In its place, the Board has opened this new sub[1]docket to provide for reciprocal switching solely to address “inadequate rail service” under the public interest standard of § 11102(c). The scope of the NPRM is much narrower than the scope sought by The NITL in its Petition for Rulemaking in Ex Parte No. 7112 and in the Board’s notice of proposed rulemaking in Sub-Docket No. 1.3 Both proposals sought to implement the full scope of § 11102(c) by enhancing rail competition through reciprocal switching. It is through such competition that the Coalition Associations remain convinced that service inadequacies can be most effectively addressed. Moreover, rail competition also fosters reasonable rates, balanced commercial terms, greater innovation, and increased efficiency, which in turn furthers multiple aspects of the national Rail Transportation Policies.4 Nevertheless, the NPRM proposes regulations that have the potential to be a significant improvement over the existing standards for reciprocal switching and have the support of the Coalition Associations with the modifications proposed herein.

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