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National Marine Container Transportation System A CALL TO ACTION. Talking Freight seminar September 21, 2005 Robin Lanier Executive Director, The Waterfront Coalition. 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 1110 Washington, DC 20036 WWW.portmod.org. The Scope.

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national marine container transportation system a call to action

National Marine Container Transportation SystemA CALL TO ACTION

Talking Freight seminar

September 21, 2005

Robin LanierExecutive Director, The Waterfront Coalition

1001 Connecticut Ave., NW

Suite 1110

Washington, DC 20036

WWW.portmod.org

the scope
The Scope . . .
  • 25.2 million TEU traveled through US ports in 2004.
  • 50% of containers handled on the West Coast.
  • 70% of U.S. Imports come from Asia.
  • 40% of containerized imports enter the U.S. through Los Angles/Long Beach
the scope1
The Scope . . .
  • Forecasts call for a doubling of trade in the next ten years.
  • Containerized trade is focused on congested gateways.
  • Growth affects highways and railroads. In 2004, 2 to 3 days of additional transit time because of congestion.
why do we care
Why do we care?
  • Higher inventory carrying costs for business. JIT is moving to JIC.
  • Higher prices for consumers.
  • Lost markets for exporters.
  • More highway congestion for communities.
  • Environmental concerns.
  • Community push back.
action needed now to
Action Needed Now To:
  • Improve port productivity,
  • Develop alternate Western gateways,
  • Promote all-water routes to the East Coast,
  • Increase intermodal rail investment,
  • Develop better forecasting and metrics,
  • Develop highway priorities.
improve port productivity by
Improve Port Productivity by:
  • Making harbor trucking a profitable business,
  • Operating ports during extended hours,
  • Dealing with free time and chassis,
  • Spreading out vessel sailings and arrivals in the trans-Pacific trade to make maximum use of terminal capacity.
develop alternate gateways
Develop Alternate Gateways
  • Provide more sailings to alternate Western ports,
  • Improve rail services in Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma,
  • Address the issues that preclude Oakland as a transload center.
develop alternate gateways1
Develop Alternate Gateways
  • More sailings through the Suez Canal,
  • Expand the Panama Canal to take larger ships.
intermodal rail investment
Intermodal Rail Investment
  • Provide tax incentives to improve ROI on intermodal rail investments,
  • Focus attention on key East-West interchanges,
  • Key projects needed to support freight corridors,
  • Move cautiously on shuttle-train projects.
forecasting and metrics
Forecasting and Metrics
  • Develop best practices for measuring terminal capacity and productivity,
  • Develop forecasting models for importers, exporters and other stakeholders that will allow adjustments to trade flows.
highway priorities
Highway Priorities
  • Develop a national freight policy,
  • Focus on the priorities first – THEN the financing!
  • Develop key port connector projects,
  • Provide assistance to short-haul truckers for equipment,
  • Develop truck-only lanes near ports.
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Maintaining the health of the containerized freight system is essential to US interests.
  • The public sector has a role in setting policy and helping identify financing.
  • The private sector MUST change business practices over the short term.
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West Coast Waterfront Coalition1001 Connecticut Ave., NWSuite 1110Washington, DC 20036(202) 861-0825www.portmod.org