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Supply Chain Innovation Teams to be Launched May 3 by FMC

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Maritime Commission will officially launch its supply chain innovation team initiative May 3-4 at FMC headquarters in Washington, D.C. This new type of collaborative team effort, led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye, will provide a forum and structure for direct engagement among supply chain participants such as port officials, terminal operators, port labor, drayage truckers, railroads, ocean transportation intermediaries, ocean carriers, chassis providers, and exporters and importers.

Supply chain innovation teams will discuss potential commercial solutions to certain unresolved problems that may in the future interfere with the reliable operation of the U.S. international supply chain, with a particular focus on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. These efforts seek to address the congestion and related bottlenecks experienced at ports and other points in the U.S. supply chain that have become a serious risk to U.S. economic and job growth and U.S. competitiveness in the global economy in recent years. Initial steps will include identifying and prioritizing supply chain challenges from a systemic perspective, exploring possible solutions to high-priority challenges and identifying next steps for this initiative. The FMC has noted that this project will not propose regulatory solutions and is separate and distinct from its ongoing competition analysis of the PierPASS off-peak gates program.

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