FMCSA Rate Transparency Listening Session
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 29, 2020 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association’s Vice President of Government Affairs Chris Burroughs released the following statement after a successful listening session hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This listening session, regarding broker transparency petitions from OOIDA and SBTC, provided the clearest evidence to date that these petitions were based out of political opportunism to upend years of Congressional intent that would implement burdensome regulations, affecting brokers, carriers and consumers.
During the listening session, Burroughs stated that “TIA strongly opposes the OOIDA and SBTC petitions that would codify burdensome regulations that will negatively impact carriers, brokers and the public. These petitions came to fruition because of a temporary economic downturn that upended the supply-chain because of a global pandemic. Let me be crystal clear this was not broker ‘price fixing or price gouging.’ This is an attempt to undermine the free market.”
The call was made available to the public, allowing both brokers and motor carriers to present their case on the petitions and overall regulations to the supply-chain. TIA Members did just that in droves. For the duration of the call several TIA Members were able to successfully make the case and give the Department all the relevant information and answers it needed.
“TIA applauds the Department, specifically Acting Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck for taking this necessary step to hear comments from all interested parties and let the facts speak for themselves,” Burroughs concluded. “A national pandemic is not time for turning the supply-chain on its head in a way that would potentially devastate our members.”
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Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials, and international organizations.