In addition to the work outlined below, please remember to check out our related councils and resources listed in the menu bar. 

NASCO has risen to rank among the most credible and respected advocates for local and regional projects of continental significance. As a unified public-private nonprofit partnership with committed members from across the USA, Canada and Mexico, we consistently encourages North American partner nations to focus on improving and enhancing their supply chains and infrastructure.

We believe in a North American Approach to harmonization and regulation, addressing barriers to free trade, compliance challenges, complex laws, and cross border transactions. 

We are currently involved in the following supply chain and innovative freight technology projects. 

United States Single Window  

The Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses, signed on February 19, 2014, directs U.S. federal agencies with a role in trade to complete development of an electronic "Single Window" by December 2016.  The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the Single Window - the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports.

Importance of the Single Window Infographic

NASCO has become a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Tiffany Melvin to serve on the Advisory Committee for Supply Chain Competitiveness. Whether you’re in the public or private sector, the Single Window Initiative is one of the greatest barriers to trade that still exist today. It directly impacts the competitiveness of our three countries individually, as well as a North American trading region. 

To read the latest highlights from the Single Window work click here.

Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) 

The FRATIS Demonstration Project is a private and public collaborative effort funded by U.S. DOT-RITA. Its development is centered on the U.S. DOT’s Dynamic Mobility Application bundles that the U.S. DOT initially developed, including Freight Dynamic Route Guidance, Freight Real-Time Traveler Information with Performance Measures, and Intermodal Drayage Operations Optimization.

FRATIS was born out of the necessity for better planning, freight routing, scheduling, dispatching, and communication among freight partners. These processes are often made in an ad-hoc fashion, with inadequate data to make fully informed decisions and share these decisions across all parties. Therefore, the U.S. DOT engaged in new research to leverage existing and emerging data sources and connected vehicle applications that will improve freight efficiency and environmental performance while mitigating regional traffic problems.

NASCO serves as the Stakeholder Coordinator for the ongoing FRATIS pilot in Dallas/Fort Worth, and is a champion for the FRATIS program throughout the United States. 

I-35 Freight Corridor Construction Pilot (starting 2015) 

The Corridor Optimization for Freight (COfF) is a component of the federal government -TxDOT cooperative agreement project, “I-35 Traveler Information During Construction (TIDC) Augmentation.” As part of the project, commercial vehicles will be outfitted with on-board systems that enable data flow between the vehicles and the infrastructure. The USDOT is developing the enhanced optimization application that will incorporate data from the TxDOT I-35 TIDC system and FRATIS to maximize a freight operator’s productivity, improve operational efficiency, and reduce safety related incidents. 

The FRATIS portion of the pilot project will

· Empower dispatchers with historical and real-time information for faster and better decisions
· Optimize truck routes and send to drivers on-board tablets
· Determine the best dispatching time of each truck to avoid congestion
· Avoid construction delays and lane closures on the I-35 corridor
· Deliver real-time traffic information, lane closures, incidents, and expected delays, and provide dynamic routing for drivers to avoid congestion and delivery notifications to customers

 NASCO serves as Stakeholder Coordinator for this pilot project.

Intermodal Freight Technology Working Group (IFTWG)

The Intermodal Freight Technology Working Group (IFTWG) is a public-private partnership focused on the identification and evaluation of technology-based options for improving the efficiency, safety, and security of intermodal freight movement. Working from this common goal, the IFTWG engages in efforts to marry industry and government priorities in a way that leverages collective experience and shared investment.

The IFTWG accomplishes this goal by:

  • Cooperatively analyzing the intermodal freight transportation system to identify physical and information exchange choke points;
  • Actively engaging leaders of industry, government, academia, and consulting in the open exchange of ideas;
  • Exploring the feasibility of creative solutions to high-priority challenges across all modes;
  • Developing potential pilot technology demonstrations through public-private partnerships; and
  • Sharing information, best practices, and lessons learned with the freight community at large.

Border Infrastructure

NASCO is especially aware of the need for consistent international efforts to prioritize and achieve improved import-export Ports of Entry (POE) on the U.S.’ northern border with the U.S.’ historic No. 1 trading partner, Canada. NASCO also recognizes the same needs for the southern border with the U.S.’ historic No. 3 trading partner, Mexico.

NASCO and our Educational Council (NEC) of 25-plus transport research institute partners have supported and promoted critical U.S.-Mexico Border Master Plan transport research efforts. This work underscores how critical border infrastructure projects and funding for them is for North America and its trade with the world.

For many years, NASCO and its members have helped build support and understanding for the need for the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) to modernize and expand capacity between Canada and the USA. U.S.- Canada trade remains the greatest trading relationship between any two nations on earth – and mostly happens across the Detroit River between Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Detroit, Michigan, the busiest and most-congested commercial border crossing in North America.

NASCO’s years of attention to challenges and needs at the U.S.’ borders with Canada and Mexico and relations with U.S. DOT counterpart agencies in both countries has positioned NASCO to be a leading voice in cross-border freight transportation security and efficiency solutions. As a result, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council on Border Infrastructure Task Force in fall 2012 appointed NASCO President Tiffany Melvin to represent NASCO to the group with the aim of providing recommendations on enhancing border crossing infrastructure on the US southern and northern borders.

NASCO also has been an original stakeholder and contributor to the Pembina, North Dakota-Emerson, Manitoba, Canada port of entry research study. This crossing represents the fifth-largest land port between Canada and the U.S. in trade value. It is also the largest POE west of Detroit-Windsor. Total two-way truck-based trade has been between $13 and $17 billion USD for the past five-year period. Bi-directional annual traffic has exceeded 1 million vehicles in four of the past five years.

NASCO believes the Pembina-Emerson, bi-national, multi-jurisdictional POE study, to be completed this year, represents a “best practice” model for all POEs on the U.S. northern and southern borders. It also is a model of how to organize such reforms across borders and government agencies and private trade communities.