If you could improve the United States' transport system, how would you do it? A Congressional panel recently had the chance to make some recommendations.
According to an article on Air Cargo World, the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, created earlier this year by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has released its final report on the system.
The panel, led by Chairman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), called on the government to establish a comprehensive national freight transportation policy. It also seeks a national multimodal freight network, as well as sustainable revenue sources to fund the network's operation and improvements.
Airforwarders Association Chairman Richard Fisher commended to panel for developing its recommendations, saying that they would lead to a bipartisan solution that would improve the nation's transportation network and national economic competitiveness.
Previously, Fisher had told the committee to consider that most freight moves through multiple modes as it is shipped. Though security must be addressed, he cautioned the committee to do so without unduly slowing down shipping methods.
Ultimately, he was pleased with the final result.
"In our view, the panel was right on the money in recommending that the first step is to recognize the interconnectedness of all modes of freight transportation, followed up by a course of action to identify and raise the revenues that will be needed to assure our intermodal network is second to none," Fisher said. "With this report and the praise it is winning from T&I Committee leaders, it looks like we are off to a great start in the process of developing the workable funding mechanisms to improve our intermodal freight network and thereby support economic growth and job creation far into the future."
He urged Congress and the president to quickly take action on these recommendations.
There are a number of concerns that must be address when dealing with the nation's transportation system. First, there is the fact that American infrastructure itself—the roads and bridges that trucks cross while carrying goods—are in dire need of repairs in order to continue to support future levels of traffic.
Then there is the problem of freight theft, which has been documented frequently by this blog in the past.
In short, packages face a number of challenges when they are sent from place to place. This is all the more reason for shippers to invest in proof of condition services like CargoSnapshot, which will help keep them accountable to their customers.