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The Shippers Coalition is proud to support the Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking (SHIP IT) Act introduced by Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA). This bipartisan legislation will help solve the crippling supply chain constraints and ensure that consumers have access to essential goods. After the passage of the much-needed bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA), this legislation is the natural next-step to strengthening our supply chain.

Key Areas of Focus

 Modernizing Authority for Certain Vehicle Waivers During Emergencies 
 Eligibility for Workforce Grants to Alleviate Driver Shortage 
 Tax Credits for Eligible Truck Drivers 
 Increased Truck Parking for Commercial Motor Vehicles  
 Increasing Accessibility of CDL Testing 
 Safety Data Collection Pilot Program For Increased Truck Weights
 150-Air-Miles Exemption from Hours of Service Regulations

Supporting Documents

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May 11, 2023

Shippers Coalition Statement for the Record
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Highways and Transit Hearing: “Freight Forward: Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges to Deliver for America”

The effective, efficient and safe movement of freight is the backbone of the American economy, and Congress must pass common-sense legislation to better achieve those goals, fortify our supply chain, and strengthen the competitiveness of the nation’s economy. The SHIP IT Act is a holistic solution to some of the challenges in the movement of freight, including providing incentives to recruit and retain drivers, reducing regulatory burdens on truck drivers, and creating efficiencies and reduced emissions through modest gross vehicle weight (GVW) limit reform.

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March 8, 2023

ATWG Letter of Support

Dear Chair Cantwell, Ranking Member Cruz, Chairman Carper, Ranking Member Capito, Chairman Gravesand Ranking Member Larsen:

On behalf of our collective food and agricultural memberships, we write to urge further action to improve supply chain function with legislation to aid truck transportation — the largest freight mode with over 60 percent of all freight by weight according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Trucks are the linchpin of the transportation sector with most forms of freight trucked at least once during the supply chain process. Pipelines move almost another 20 percent of freight, while the rail and water modes combine for almost 20 percent.

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March 8, 2023

SHIP IT Act - Industry Letter Of Support 

Dear Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Larsen, Chairman Carper, Ranking Member Capito, Chair Cantwell, and Ranking Member Cruz: 

The Shippers Coalition is the leading safety voice in building a more modern, safe, and environmentally friendly trucking system. The Coalition is a joint effort of the nation’s most prominent manufacturers, agribusinesses, and trade associations, including Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, the American Chemistry Council, the Consumer Brands Association, Niagara Bottling, Tyson Foods, Procter & Gamble, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, among others. We seek to improve supply chains and freight transportation, all while advancing safety and reducing emissions, vehicle miles traveled, fuel consumption, and congestion. 

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January 31, 2023

SHIP IT Act Could Resolve Supply Chain Tangles 

The comprehensive legislation would make it easier for companies to recruit and retain truck drivers. 

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—A bill introduced in Congress last week offers a comprehensive approach to resolving the trucking-related pain points in the U.S. supply chain. 

Sponsored by Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA), the Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking (SHIP IT) Act aims to resolve many of the issues that have bottlenecked the supply chain. 

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January 30, 2023

House Lawmakers Introduce Truck Parking Bill 

Legislation that would dedicate funds to expand truckers’ access to parking nationwide was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. 

The Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking, or SHIP IT, Act, introduced by Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.), would approve nearly $800 million through fiscal 2026 for parking projects connected to commercial vehicle operations. 

“It is the sense of Congress that it should be a national priority to address the shortage of parking for commercial motor vehicles on the federal-aid highway system to improve highway safety,” according to the measure, which also aims to promote safety and enhance capacity along freight corridors. Its committee consideration has yet to be scheduled. 

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