Six Supply Chain Innovation Teams are being convened by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to identify and implement improvements to the process and timing of return and delivery of containers to marine terminals.

The goals for the Teams' work are two-fold. First, for truckers to be able to return an empty container to a terminal and pick-up a loaded container, commonly referred to as a ''double move.'' The second is to bring certainty and predictability to the earliest return date process to address exporter complaints about the unreliability of the deadline for getting cargo to a terminal.

Teams will focus their efforts on improving conditions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and New York and New Jersey. They will be comprised of executives from each ocean carrier operating in an alliance and from the marine terminal operators that serve them. The first meetings of the Teams will be held December 1.

''Achieving double moves for truckers would improve trucker productivity and remove a constant source of conflict over container return as well as resolve problems with appointment systems and chassis shortages. Earliest return date confusion is a terrible problem for U.S. exporters. This reform would also remove the constant problem to U.S. agricultural exporters of demurrage and detention charges that are not in compliance with our interpretative rule,'' said Commissioner Dye.




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