Shortage Frustrates U.S. Exporters
A shortage of shipping containers is foiling the surge in U.S. exports,
affecting farmers trying to sell corn and beans abroad, exporters of
manufactured goods, and sellers of scrap metal and paper.
Peter Friedman, executive director of the Agricultural Transportation
Coalition believes agricultural exporters missed opportunities for
shipping up to 30 percent more products in the past six months due to the
Members of the Coalition held a conference call in late April to
discuss options. Mr. Friedman is concerned that a solution will come too
late, after customers start buying grains, meats and other commodities
from other countries.
Pump $1.5 Trillion into Infrastructure
Rep. John Mica of Florida, ranking Republican on the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined committee chair James
Oberstar, D-Minn., in support of a five-year authorization to add $1.5
trillion into transportation infrastructure.
Funds would come by increasing federal spending to $500 billion; $500
billion from "creative financing"; and $500 billion from investment in
The authorization would replace the Safe, Accountable, Flexible,
Efficient Transportation Equity Act-A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the
current five-year spending plan scheduled to expire in
Unveils Sustainability Initiative
American Trucking Associations (ATA) and a group of
trucking companies last week launched a program of initiatives to move the
trucking industry toward a more sustainable future, which includes steps
to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from heavy trucks.
Launched under the banner
Deliver a Cleaner Tomorrow," the
industry-wide environmental sustainability program identifies a series of
initiatives to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
ATA President Bill Graves praised the program as a "landmark effort
that will join all trucking industry stakeholders to work together on
"ATA has committed itself to a series of measures that can reduce fuel
consumption by 86 billion gallons and CO2 emissions by 900 million tons
for all vehicles over the next 10 years," Graves said. "Our proposals are
practical, reasonable, and doable. They make environmental sense, and they
make common sense."
The program's recommendations are displayed on a new website: www.trucksdeliver.org.
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