Skip to main content

AF&PA Advocates for Service, Rate and Process Reforms at Surface Transportation Board Hearing

CONTACT: Lindsay Murphy/Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436,


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.”



The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper