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12 Aug 2016

Captive Shippers Can Speak Freely

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On July 27, 2016, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a decision on the petition to revise competitive switching rules and opened a comment period through September 26, 2016. The board has also invited stakeholders to request ex parte meetings with board members to be conducted between October 25 and November 14.

Currently, reciprocal switching can occur as a voluntary arrangement between carriers or may be ordered by the Board. However, the current regulations have proven to be so restrictive that few cases have even been brought before the board. If you are a captive shipper, now is the time to act. The Board has waived the prohibition against ex parte meetings out of concern for all affected parties and seeks input before making the final determination regarding the issue.

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