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6 The Journal of Commerce | April 29 2019 Spotlight Advocate leaves NY-NJ port trucking legacy Jeffrey A. Bader, the vibrant and vocal head of the largest trucking advocacy group in the Port of New York and New Jersey, and a participant in the stakeholder committee created to improve port efficiency as cargo volumes increased, died April 4 at the age of 63. Bader, who led the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers since its foundation in 2002, died after an unexpected medical event, surrounded by his family. He was a member of the Port Performance Task Force, a stakeholder group created in 2013 to look at ways to make the port run more smoothly, as well as the Port Performance Council, which succeeded the task force in 2014, and was charged with working on efficiency issues such as access to chassis, improving truck turn times, and analyzing whether extended terminal gate hours were needed. Bader founded Golden Carriers Inc., a Hillside, New Jersey-based intermodal trucking, warehousing, and logistics company, in 1977 and ran it for 40 years, serving New York-New Jersey with customers throughout the US and Canada. Port leaders said Bader's death will leave a big hole in the port community, citing his commitment to making the port better along with his dedication to the drayage sector. "He really was an industry icon, a consummate professional," said Beth Rooney, assistant director of the port division of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who knew Bader for more than 25 years. "The thing with Jeff is he was extremely opinionated and extremely vocal. But that just speaks to the level of passion he had for the industry," she said. "He was extremely passionate about protecting the interests of the trucking industry and helping the Port of New York and New Jersey thrive at the same time. These two goals were not in conflict with each other, but complementary to each other." Coast and $2,200 per FEU to the East Coast, according to conversations with carriers, beneficial cargo owners (BCOs), non-vessel- operating common carriers (NVOs), and industry consultants. Midsize BCOs, smaller importers, and NVOs are in the process of finalizing negotiations and are reportedly considering carriers' offers of $1,400 per FEU and higher to the West Coast. Several senior carrier executives have cited stronger capacity discipline and fewer carriers because of consolidation for their stronger hand in negotiations this year. All-water East Coast rates are normally about $1,000 higher than West Coast rates. The largest importers reportedly signed for slightly less than $2,250 per FEU to the East Coast, but with midsize shippers, carriers reportedly are pushing for rates slightly higher than $1,000 over West Coast rates. However, there is more competition among carriers today on all- water services to the East Coast than there was before the Panama Canal was widened in 2016, and carriers are finding it more difficult to keep the spread between East and West Coast rates above $1,000 per FEU, according to one industry consultant. "Negotiations with the core base are done, and they took GRIs [general rate increases]," Maersk Line spokesperson Thomas Boyd told The Journal of Commerce. "BCOs are building higher costs into their contracts this year," an NVO said. South Atlantic chassis pool plans revamped Plans for an extensive overhaul of the chassis pool covering the ports of Savannah and Charleston have been delayed at least three years after the port authorities reached a deal with ocean carriers on a South Atlantic Chassis Pool 2.0 to tackle equipment shortages. The memorandum of understanding ends the Southern States Chassis Pool (SSCP). The SSCP was a bold initiative to inject new chassis and charge beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) a flat rate regardless of carrier or merchant haulage. But the "reinvention" championed in February 2018 was too aggressive, according to the ports, because it was too expensive for BCOs and chassis lessors. The agreement, however, will require chassis providers to upgrade equipment with the new safety features and grow the fleet size as necessary. The original proposal would have upended the way shippers pay for chassis in the United States. The SSCP would have established a single rate, likely in the $13 to $15 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bader admired by many It is hard to imagine the Port of New York and New Jersey without Jeff Bader. His untimely death saddened his many friends and colleagues in and out of the port. As president of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, Jeff ably represented port drayage companies while working tirelessly to improve port operations. He did this with intelligence, honesty, energy, persistence, and diplomacy. Jeff was a leader with a unique talent for conciliation and problem-solving. He was sincere and open, with no hidden agenda. He was willing to consider opposing viewpoints and to adopt those that were sound. And he always treated everyone with respect. When disagreements arose, he based them on facts, not personalities. Jeff's friends marveled at his ability to represent his industry while also finding time to manage his drayage company and participate fully in civic, charitable, religious, and family activities. His life was regrettably short, but he lived it fully. Jeff was a good man who made a difference. We will miss him. Joseph Bonney Retired JOC Senior Editor New Orleans Carriers ride trans-Pac contract momentum Negotiations on annual ocean carrier contracts in the trans-Pacific trade are in the home stretch, with the largest retailers having wrapped up their contracts at rates roughly 20 percent higher than last year. The largest shippers are signing contracts at about $1,250 per FEU to the US West

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