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10 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE SEPTEMBER 21.2015 COVER STORY ANYONE WHO'S SAT for an extended per iod beyond t hei r doc tor 's appointment or waited for a cable representative to arrive in a four- hour window certainly can forgive harbor drayage carriers for their skepticism about the plan termi- nal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach have devised to alleviate congestion at the gates. The truckers, after all, want the terminal operators' groundbreaking idea to develop a system of appoint- ments throughout the harbor to succeed. But with 12 terminals and various operating systems involved, harbor truckers are wary of the rigid operating environment that could result. Coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appoint- ment systems will be difficult to arrange. Without allowing for the flexibility motor carriers and their drivers need to adjust on the fly to the many glitches occurring daily at most large ports, true reductions in port congestion are just wishful thinking. In fact, an appointment system Port Metro Vancouver terminals Drayage carriers applaud PierPass's plan for trucker appointment systems in Los Angeles- Long Beach but want to be part of the development By Bill Mongelluzzo

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