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Regulatory Compliance Resources: Export control webinar recording, slides now available
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The recording and slides from last week's free NACD regulatory webinar, Export Control Issues for Chemical Distributors – An Export Compliance Overview for NACD Members, are now available on the Members' Only Regulatory Resources section of the NACD website at www.nacd.com/advocacy/resources.aspx. The U.S. export control regulations are complex, and failure to comply can result in devastating, six-figure penalties. In addition the government has substantially increased enforcement in this area in recent years. To ensure that members are familiar with the export control regulations and to prevent the imposition of costly penalties, NACD was pleased to offer last week's Webinar on this important topic. More



Regulatory Update: EPA issues SNURs for 20 additional chemicals
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Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued significant new use rules under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act for 20 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. Eight of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. The remainder are "non-section 5(e)" SNURs. The SNURs require persons who intend to manufacture, import or process any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The SNURs become effective Jan. 2. Click here for the complete notice from the Nov. 2 Federal Register, which includes the list of chemicals subject to the SNURs and additional information.

Regulatory Survey: Motor carriers asked for input on 34-hour restart
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The new Hours-of-Service rules that are scheduled to take effect next year will make changes to the current 34-hour restart provision, including a requirement that a restart include two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and a limitation of one restart per seven-day time period. These changes to the restart provisions have caused concern for many NACD members and motor carriers across the nation. Last week, the American Transportation Research Institute released a survey on the potential impacts of changes to the 34-hour restart rule. This survey is part of a larger ATRI study quantifying real-world operational impacts on the trucking industry that may result from these revisions. Motor carriers, including NACD members with truck fleets, are encouraged to provide confidential input on the HOS changes through ATRI's survey, available online at www.atri-online.org or by clicking here. The aggregated results of the survey will be available later this year, and ATRI's full HOS study will be released in early 2013.

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Regulatory Update: FMCSA rescinds review periods for unsatisfactory carriers
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The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently published a final rule in the Federal Register that rescinded the 10-day extension of the deadline for when passenger and hazardous materials motor carriers must stop operating after receiving a proposed unsatisfactory safety rating.

Because of the change, FMCSA recommends that passenger and hazardous materials carriers who receive proposed unsatisfactory safety fitness ratings submit their evidence of corrective actions within 15 days in order to ensure adequate time for review.
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Legislative Update: Committee leaders urge White House to release agenda
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Leaders of three Senate and House Committees recently sent letters to the White House expressing concerns about the Obama administration's failure to publish its regulatory agenda. Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, federal agencies are required to semi-annually publish in the Federal Register their regulatory agendas that describe economically significant regulatory actions under development. The Obama administration has not published its regulatory agenda since the fall of 2011, although several major regulatory initiatives — particularly in the areas of the environment, health care and the financial system — are anticipated by the end of the year. More

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  • Storm Recovery Resources: DHS offers hurricane recovery resources
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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is active in chemical, energy and other industry sector Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. The agency has created a special SANDY tab at the top of the Homeland Security Information Network homepage. Under this tab, DHS is posting the latest storm status and impact information. In addition, DHS is holding daily Critical Infrastructure Partnership conference calls at 11 a.m. Eastern time each day. More


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    Brokers, warehousemen, carriers should know legal distinctions
    Walt Metz Transportation Legal Developments Journal via JDSupra    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Legal distinctions are important for brokers, warehousemen and carriers. At any point in time, a company can be found to be acting as a broker, a freight forwarder, a carrier, a warehouseman or a shipper. These are important legal distinctions that can make a real difference in classifications for determining liability for cargo claims, accident claims and demurrage and detention claims. This article deals with four recognized classification distinctions — warehouseman vs. freight forwarder, transportation broker vs. transportation freight forwarder, transportation broker vs. carrier and consignee vs. warehouseman — and suggests steps that should be taken to avoid unintended liability. More

    Chemical warehousing protocol recognized by US, Canada
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    The International Warehouse and Logistics Association has created a cross-border protocol for the warehousing of chemicals. IWLA President and CEO Joel Anderson made the announcement about the new handling and storage procedures while speaking in Woodbridge, Ontario, at the IWLA Canada Fall conference. The Responsible Warehousing Protocol sets standards regarding best practices for third-party chemical warehouse operators. The organization's hope is that eventually these will be approved by organizations such as the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors, the U.S.-based National Association of Chemical Distributors and the American Chemistry Council. More


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    Trucking companies face disruptions in aftermath of Sandy
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    Closed roads, absent customers and fuel shortages are tormenting trucking companies in the Northeast in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Trucking company YRC Worldwide Inc. said significant numbers of its fully loaded, eastbound truck trailers were starting to "stack up" at its distribution and relay centers outside the New York metropolitan area and nearby eastern New Jersey. But Chief Executive James Welch said the problem is unrelated to the region's fuel shortage. "We can't get through roads, and a lot of our customers aren't open" to accept deliveries, Welch said. The situation is beginning to affect YRC's nationwide operations, he said, because trucks slated to unload in the region and then pickup westbound freight are instead getting stranded. More

    Next breed: The new generation of freight industry leaders
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    The shipping and logistics industries are in constant need of new leaders who will play critical roles as their organizations continue to evolve. In this special report, Cargo Business News profiles nine emerging leaders from various industry sectors. More
     

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