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time, said Ted Prince, chief operating officer of Tiger Cool Express. For
an owner-operator, that time period
doesn't mean much, but it's a "big deal"
for drayage carriers to lose several
hours of their workday.
Drayage carriers also tend to be
owner-operators, which can complicate matters, he added. FSMA compliance in an intermodal setting can
include requirements such as a carrier
Prince
qualification process that could endanger their status of owner-operators as independent contractors.
Other factors are affecting the market as well.
Prince indicated that the ELD and highway trucking capacity
changes are having a significant effect. "We are starting to
see signs of customer panic," he said, as a result of the tighter
capacity. He cited one account that switched to intermodal after
finding there were no available trucks for their freight earlier in
the fall.
"Produce is an owner-operator market," he said. "Their standard transit time from the West Coast to the East is fifth morning
[delivery] today. With the ELDs, they can't do that legally. It will
have to be seventh morning. Intermodal will be more competitive
because we can do sixth morning delivery." Turner said "As [over
the road] capacity continues to get tight with ELD implementation, it's a great time to be working jointly with customers and
providers to identify the lanes that could be served very well by
intermodal."

The intermodal market also could be helped by the economic
advantages of lower line-haul costs for container shipments
compared with trailers, Prince said. That is especially applicable
when intermodal can handle surges of freight volume that are
typical in produce markets, he added.

FSMA Small Business Compliance Guide
Is Available
The Food and Drug Administration late in November
announced the availability of a guide for small businesses
that is intended to assist them in understanding the compliance with the Sanitary Transportation Rule.
The Sanitary Transportation Rule, part of the Food
Safety Modernization Act, included provisions that will
require compliance by April 6, 2018 for shippers, loaders,
carriers and receivers with average revenue of less than
$500,000 annually. Compliance by larger businesses was
mandated earlier this year.
Comments on FDA's document, officially known as the
Small Entities Compliance Guide, are welcome, according
to the Nov. 21 statement. Information on how to comment
can be found at https://www.regulations.gov/.
The agency's statement said the guide contains
descriptions of the rule's requirements in an "easy-to-read,
question and answer format," with information on topics
such as training and record keeping.
Additional information is available on www.fda.gov.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - November/December 2017

IANA News
Storms Create Recovery Challenges, Foster Valuable Lessons Learned
Intermodal Benefits from Technology Grow in 2017, Should Increase in Future
Inland Port Projects Advance in East
Optimism Builds for Intermodal Freight
Food Safety Modernization Act Could Help Increase Temp Control Freight
Intermodal Rail Enhancements Continue in 2017, Focused on Service
Government News
International Intermodal News
Intermodal Information Services News
Welcome New Members
People News
Intermodal Calendar
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Insights - November/December 2017 - IANA News
Insights - November/December 2017 - Storms Create Recovery Challenges, Foster Valuable Lessons Learned
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Insights - November/December 2017 - Intermodal Benefits from Technology Grow in 2017, Should Increase in Future
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Insights - November/December 2017 - Inland Port Projects Advance in East
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Insights - November/December 2017 - Optimism Builds for Intermodal Freight
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Insights - November/December 2017 - Food Safety Modernization Act Could Help Increase Temp Control Freight
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Insights - November/December 2017 - Intermodal Rail Enhancements Continue in 2017, Focused on Service
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