California's Challenging Regulatory Environment
California’s freight transportation industry deals with the most challenging environmental regulations in the US, and possibly the world. Ocean carriers, marine terminals, trucking companies, railroads, and warehouse operators must meet strict deadlines for reducing harmful emissions from their operations even as freight volumes are forecast to increase steadily in the coming years. The California Air Resources Board’s Advanced Clean Fleets regulations governing trucking companies, as well as regulations that set strict deadlines for reducing emissions from vessels, marine terminals, warehouses and railroads are complex and are evolving toward mandates for deployment of zero-emission vehicles and cargo-handling equipment where feasible throughout the supply chain. Complying with these regulations, which are necessary if California is to meet federal Clean Air Act deadlines, will add cost to freight movement, and the freight transportation sector has raised the possibility that the rules could effectively set a cap on cargo volumes. This session, featuring speakers with expertise on regulatory compliance for ports, drayage operators, and warehouse operators, will address the evolving regulations governing California’s freight transportation supply chain.