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COOL CARGOES 22 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE www.joc.com OCTOBER 2015 THE SENATE INCLUDED AN amended version of S. 1298 in the long-term high- way bill that was passed before the August recess. This requires the Depart- ment of Transportation to establish and collect key metrics on an annual ba- sis from the top 25 ports. There is cur- rently no House counterpart, how- ever, this should be an issue for confer- ence when the House eventually pass- es its version of a long-term highway bill. I think the prospects are good for hav- ing some type of port metrics language in the ultimate surface transportation reauthorization bill. We believe that establishing a port performance measurement and report- ing program based on sound data will enable the responsible federal agencies to prepare meaningful annual reports on the performance and capacity of the nation's key ports. Port performance data that facilitates rigorous analysis of Ameri- ca's port business is an essential element in ensuring the nation's commerce con- tinues to flow efficiently. The lack of good port operations data has hampered the ability of indus- try to drive efficiencies at the nation's ports. We believe good management of complex systems begins with good measurement and good data. Having good empirical data is an important step in addressing complex congestion and infrastructure issues. There will be great benefit if the federal government collects and publishes basic baseline information about port performance, such as cargo throughput and metrics that measure factors relating to conges- tion and delay. The bill also provides an important re- porting requirement before and during port labor negotiations. It's important to ensure that ports operate at normal lev els throughout a labor contract negoti- ation to avoid disruptions like those that impacted the West Coast ports recently. We believe the reporting required by the bill can help ensure that operations re- main at normal levels and give key fed- eral government agencies visibility into what disruptions are occurring. We are also supporting the PORTS Act (S. 1519 and H.R. 3433). Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., has introduced the legislation in the House, and it is co- sponsored by Reps. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., and Mike Coffman, R-Colo. This is the companion bill to the Senate bill introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. The bill adds "slowdowns" to the situations when the Taft-Hartley Act can be invoked to enjoin a strike, lockout or slowdown. This legislation also would give governors authority to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act in their state. We hope these authorities will incentivize parties to avoid slowdowns, lockouts and strikes, as well as provide additional mechanisms to halt such actions. The prospects of this bill, however, aren't as strong as the Port Transparency Act. CC PORT PERFORMANCE DATA THAT FACILITATES RIGOROUS ANALYSIS OF AMERICA'S PORT BUSINESS IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT IN ENSURING THE NATION'S COMMERCE CONTINUES TO FLOW EFFICIENTLY. STATING ITS CASE FOR TRANSPARENCY Lowell Randel, vice president of government and legal affairs for the Global Cold Chain Alliance, says the industry group is supporting the Port Transparency Act. He penned the following for Cool Cargoes. Lowell Randel

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