New Supply Chain Initiatives Announced by Federal Maritime Commission

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on Nov. 17 announced the convening of six Supply Chain Innovation Teams to detect and implement improvements to the process and timing of return and delivery of containers to marine terminals.

The goals of the teams are two-fold: For truckers to return an empty container to a terminal and pick up a loaded container (known as “double move”) and to bring certainty and predictability to the “earliest return date” process, a major source of complaint and uncertainty with exporters.

The teams will consist of executives from each ocean carrier operating in an alliance and from the marine terminal operators that serve them.

The teams will focus on improving conditions at the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York, and New Jersey.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Nov. 25, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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