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ACWI Advance – September 1, 2022

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In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories:

  • A congressional bill would try to get railroad abuses under control.
  • The Federal Railroad Administration proposes mandating a rail crew size of two.
  • CARB program seeks to help small truckers transition to zero-emission tech.
  • NRF says imports at major will slow significantly for the rest of the year.
  • The NLRB inks agreements with DOJ and FTC to help enforce labor law.
  • OSHA targets Mid-Atlantic warehouses for intensified inspection program.

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Rails Facing Regulatory Pressure

Of course, this approach can work only if the bill is passed into law. With the upcoming elections looking likely to see a change in who controls Congress, a bill that so far has attracted only Democrat co-sponsors and has no evident support in the Senate seems unlikely to be enacted.

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FRA Reinforces 2-Person Crews

Some railroads currently operate with only one person in the cab of the locomotive. Over the years, others have looked seriously at resorting to one-person operations, a change that has been rigorously opposed by rail unions.

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CARB Launches Truck Program

CARB says the program will include flexible financing, short-term rentals and full-service leases, such as all-inclusive truck-as-a-service options with enhanced incentives and fueling support.

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Retail Imports Register Gains

“The heady days of growth in imports are quickly receding,” said Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett, who created the Global Port Tracker. “The outlook is for a decline in volumes compared with 2021 over the next few months, and the decline is expected to deepen in 2023.”

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NLRB Links to Other Agencies

Armstrong said the Value-Added Warehousing and Distribution (VAWD) 3PL segment did very well in 2021. Gross revenue increased 17% to $54.6 billion and net revenue expanded 15.2% to $41.1 billion.

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OSHA Hits Eastern Warehouses

“This REP is intended to reduce injury/illness rates in the warehousing industry by conducting comprehensive inspections to address hazards that may include those associated with powered industrial trucks, lockout tagout, life safety, means of egress, and fire suppression.”

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