Background

Interested parties have until Oct. 26 to submit comments and information to the Department of Transportation on the feasibility of, and strategies for, identifying federal and non-federal sites for the storage and transfer of cargo containers. DOT is required to prepare a report on this issue under the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022.

DOT is particularly interested in comments on the following topics.

- with respect to addressing congestion, how much utility there is in identifying additional space for the storage and transfer of intermodal containers and what, if anything, should be prioritized above this issue to maintain fluidity

- whether the use of additional storage and transfer spaces, such as inland ports, are considered feasible for congestion mitigation for specific industries and geographic areas of operation

- entities that would most benefit from additional inland ports

- potential roles of the private and public sectors, including the federal government, in creating the most effective strategy to implement congestion mitigation through greater development and utilization of inland ports

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