Working hours for truckers can rise to 24/7
According to the plan, that is now under consideration, rail and road carriers will have to switch over to 24/7 operation. This regime should help to expand the supply chain in the country.
John Porcari, the port’s executive in the Target group of the Supply Chain Disruption Task Force, claims that over the next 90 days he’s planning to work on the expanding of the operational strategy, that began in September at the country’s largest container port complex.
«The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have already taken the first step by increasing their opening hours and declaring that they are open for business,» Porcari told the guests at the Agricultural Transport Coalition’s annual conference.
«We are currently working on the rest of the supply chain, which includes railroads, trucking and the major clients you know – Walmarts, FedExes, Home Depots and others – to commit them also work 24/7, because off-peak hours loads it’s something that we can use right now to solve a very serious problem.»
Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), told attendees that he is working with Porcari to assist in his mission, creating what the GPA calls the South Atlantic Supply Chain Assistance Program. With the help of trucks or railways intercontinental areas will be used to transport containers filled with imported goods that take up space in the port.
«A truly intermodal plan covers the entire chain of goods flow from source to final destination and considers what projects are needed – capacity for cars or railways, internal transshipment sites, modernization of ports at docks,» he said.
«All of this needs to be reflected in the states’ freight plan. One of the things that we think will matter in the long term is better freight transport plan that will lead to investments in capital projects in both the public and private sectors.»
Congress wants to pass the FAST Ground Transportation Funding Act. It includes a regulation requiring each state to develop long-term transportation plans.