2017 NASCO Supply Chain and Logistics Council Task Agenda

The NASCO Supply Chain Council is a platform for member entities representing all critical elements of the supply chain. The Council engages in meaningful discussions centered around the challenges and opportunities facing North American and global trade facilitation, as well as the significant role the supply chain plays in strengthening local, regional, national, and the North American economy.

Council members are armed with talking points, press releases, draft letters and cutting edge information to become leaders in their local areas or within their perspective entities. Our councils are working groups for advocacy, awareness and leadership, while maintaining regular contact with, and learning from, key experts from the supply chain industries - manufacturers, distributors, exporters, beneficial cargo owners, retailers and government agencies. We encourage our Council Members to engage top decision makers and key government leaders on the macro and micro issues related to North American competitiveness.

We also strive to project the NASCO voice on barriers to free trade that continue to hold back the growth and competitiveness of North America – examples: harmonization of international laws and regulations, protectionism, local content policies, and country of origin labeling. Our ultimate goal is to improve the North American supply chain, logistics systems, and transportation network to be the most competitive on earth. NASCO zealously advocates eliminating un-necessary non-tariff trade barriers and cross-border transaction costs (one ex: harmonize the regulations and policies related to the movement of freight across state, provincial and international boundaries).

The NASCO Supply Chain Council is committed to addressing the challenges that exist across our borders. The Council continues to discuss ways to advance trade and competitiveness, because an efficient North American economy is vital for creating sustainable corridors for commercial trade and the residents in the surrounding communities. In 2017, the Council aims to address and help minimize obstacles surrounding the following areas, including, but not limited to:

  •  Harmonized Truck Weights/Limits: Encourage uniform regulations among the NAFTA countries to alleviate costly impacts, monetary and environmental, from compliance issues at the border.
  • Green Lane: Steer pre-clearance efforts towards implementation of a truck processing lane where pre-cleared drivers and cargo are presented with either a green light (go) or red light (stop) at border. Majority receive green light unless inspection for health, safety, security is required.
  • Empty Trailer Positioning: Quanitfy the efficiencies that could be achieved by capitalizing on available drivers/equipment by allowing the repositioning of empty trailers between distribution centers in the US by a foreign driver.
  • RFID: Radio Frequency Identification on trucks crossing the border provide 90 second improvement in truck throughput, staggering when thousands of trucks cross at a single port alone every day. Equipping trucks and commercial lanes with RFID will produce demonstrated significant efficiencies.
  • Conveyor Belt Border: Autonomous vehicle emerging in the market may have a place at the border. With a driver shortage in CA/US, eliminating the need for cross border drivers frees up drivers for domestic goods movement, providing relief to industry. Autonmous vehilces moving freight across the border can function 24/7 as a conveyor belt across the 49th parallel facility JIT.
  • FAST Tiering: FAST cards are low risk ID cards for drivers with RFID embedded within. The program is suffering reduced numbers of applicants and renewals. Tiering FAST will allow more drivers to qualify, equipping an increased number of driver with RFID, align with C-TPAT and PIP and maximizing governments’ investments into the program.

NASCO continues to monitor and recognize progress made by Canada, the United States, and Mexico in advancing our mutual cross-border freight and transportation objectives, including:

  • Single Window: Helping to inform North American industry and government of the implementation and guidelines associated with the initiative. Also striving to promote interoperability of the three governments efforts to develop a North American Single Window, and to keep the new USA administration focused on the critical nature of this initiative.
  • Trade Agreements: Concentrate on future trade agreements like the TTP and TTIP at the grassroots level to expand awareness and advocacy for implementation.
  • All Trade Is Personal Initiative (A-TIP): Initiative strives to promote the competitiveness, cultural, and economic benefits of North American and multilateral trade to key decision- makers and stakeholders in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Trade Technology Pilots: Work with connected vehicles, connected work zones, and intermodal freight working groups to increase use of technology to effectuate more efficient trade throughout networks.
  • Freight Funding: Initiative to urge U.S. Congress to pass a multiyear transportation bill with reauthorization of competitive freight funding and grant opportunities.
  • Streamlining Permitting Processes: The significant impact