21 Oct 2016
This month, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will be considering a petition filed by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) seeking revised reciprocal switching rules. This issue is most important to captive shippers that, because of location, do not have access to multiple railroads, and thus cannot enjoy the benefits of market competition. If the petition wins STB approval, it will allow captive shippers a competitive choice when shipping rail freight. However, no matter which way the issue is decided, the proper application of switching charges is usually difficult to ascertain.