Biden announces plans for port, border-crossing improvements to help supply chain

11/11/2021

Biden announces plans to improve supply chain issues

President Joe Biden on Tuesday laid out how the recently passed infrastructure bill will help the current supply chain crisis through port improvements, along with freight system improvements, including a truck parking assessment.

In a fact sheet published Tuesday by the White House, the Biden administration announced some immediate actions it is taking, along with some near-term actions to help alleviate the supply chain issues.

One of the immediate actions is to alleviate congestion at Georgia’s Port of Savannah, which will include funding the Georgia Port Authority’s pop-up container yards project. This project allows the GPA to reallocate more than $8 million to convert existing inland facilities into five pop-up container yards in Georgia and North Carolina. Under the plan, the Port of Savannah will transfer containers via truck and rail further inland so that they can be closer to their final destination, which will make available valuable real estate closer to the port, the White House says. The effort will free up more dock space and speed goods flow in and out of the port, which leads the nation in containerized agricultural exports.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is also going to allow port authorities across the country to redirect project cost savings toward tackling supply chain challenges.

Also potentially affecting the trucking industry is the prioritization of key ports of entry for modernization and expansion within the next 90 days. The plan will identify $3.4 billion in investments to upgrade obsolete inspection facilities and allow more efficient trade through the country’s northern and southern borders.

Additionally, the DOT will develop and issue revised guidance on State Freight Plans that incorporates best worldwide freight planning practices. The White House says the infrastructure bill strengthens the freight plans that states are currently required to produce to include supply chain cargo flows, an inventory of commercial ports, the impacts of e-commerce on freight infrastructure, and an assessment of truck parking facilities. These improved plans, the White House adds, will help states direct resources to their greatest areas of need.

 

 

Original article provided by:   https://www.ccjdigital.com/business/insurance/article/15281265/biden-unveils-more-supply-chain-improvement-plans



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Supply Chain , U.S. Department of Transportation

 

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