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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman urged the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to work toward service, rate and dispute improvements in a statement regarding the board’s May 22, 23 oversight hearing. AF&PA Director, Government and Industry Affairs Julie Landry’s submitted testimony for the official record for the Oversight Hearing on Demurrage and Accesorial Charges held at the International Trade Commission.
“When it comes to shipping forest and wood products across the nation’s rail system, our manufacturers deserve reliable service at a reasonable rate and a fair process to resolve supply chain disruptions and billing disputes. We thank the Surface Transportation Board for hearing our voice on issues that are so central to effectively moving raw materials to mills and finished products to markets. We look forward to working with the board to deliver service, rate and dispute improvements to support our industry’s ability to compete, grow the economy and create American manufacturing jobs.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.