eGov/Mil Newsletter: Nov. 3, 2021

November 03, 2021

In this Issue:

  • USTRANSCOM PP Advisory #22-0005 (Annual Qualification Review of CIP and COR) 29 Oct 21
  • White House & CDC Outline International Travel to the U.S. Requirements
  • Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach Issue Draft Container Fee Assessment Rule
  • IAM Annual Meeting - Government and Regulatory Affairs Recap
    • U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA): Household Goods Working Group Recommendations - Comments Submitted
    • U.S. Surface Transportation Act (Highway Bill) Reauthorization Act Update
    • Legislation to Address a Range of Port-Connected Congestion Issues Gathers Additional Support
    • U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Activity
    • U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
  • Daycos Informs Customers of Invoice Note Issue in DPS
  • USTRANSCOM Commander Videos Used During Her NDTA Speech
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (2 Nov)
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (26 Oct)

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Update CIP & COR by Dec. 17; Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach Issue Draft Container Fee Assessment Rule

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USTRANSCOM PP Advisory #22-0005 (Annual Qualification Review of CIP and COR) 29 Oct 21

 

TSPs must review and update their Certificate of Independent Pricing (CIP) and Certificate of Responsibility (COR) before 17 December. This is mandatory, and failure to update the CIP and COR will disqualify TSPs from 2022 Rate Filing.

 

USTC will NOT provide any other notification to industry on this requirement. Failure to update in a timely manner will result in your disqualification from the program. Please read the entire advisory for all the details.

White House & CDC Outline International Travel to the U.S. Requirements

Nov. 8 Remains Date For Re-opening to International Air Travelers

 

The Biden Administration last week , regarding rules governing permissible international travel to the U.S. As the Administration indicated in late September, beginning Nov. 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the U.S. will be permitted to enter if they meet the following requirements:

  • Proof that they are fully vaccinated against Covid before boarding a U.S.-bound flight
  • A negative Covid test taken within the last three days prior to flying
  • All vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) qualify

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has regarding requirements and other eligibility markers that must be met prior to traveling to the US for business, (including for conferences/trade shows) and similar purposes. provides additional information on travel information, vaccines and testing verification. The travel restrictions were lifted for 33 countries including the Schengen Area countries, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

 

For more information or questions on the travel requirements, please contact Bryan Vickers (703-403-2882, ) with IAM's Government and Regulatory Affairs Team.

Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach Issue Draft Container Fee Assessment Rule

IAM Encourages Members to Participate and Comment on the Proposed Fee

 

Last week, officials with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach provided additional information on the $100 container fee assessment, which they are implementing, in coordination and with direction from the White House Supply Chain Task Force. There have been several pieces of media on the proposed container fee over the past week.

 

The fee assessment (as proposed) would begin Nov. 15, for any container that has been dwelling on dock for nine or more days that is destined for truck, or six days if destined for rail. The fee includes both carrier and merchant haulage, but does not include empty containers. The proposed fees would be assessed to the ocean carriers through a TBD mechanism.

 

IAM views the proposed container fee assessment as a financial penalty only that will not incentivize cargo movement. We also are concerned that the fee will simply be passed from the carrier to the shipper/BCO, should it be approved without applicable and strict boundaries in place. Chassis capacity, limitations on movement, labor and space remain the primary obstacles to the current challenges at the port, not a lack of desire to unload and return containers.

IAM Annual Meeting - Government and Regulatory Affairs Recap

Members Hear from the Association on a Variety of Pressing Topics

 

Those attending the recent IAM Annual Meeting (both in-person and virtually), learned the latest on a number of transportation-related issues at the forefront of member company interests, at both the U.S. regulatory and U.S. Congressional levels. Below is a recap of those topics, how the association has engaged and other issues the IAM continues to monitor. Included updates:

  • U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA): Household Goods Working Group Recommendations - Comments Submitted
  • U.S. Surface Transportation Act (Highway Bill) Reauthorization Act Update
  • Legislation to Address a Range of Port-Connected Congestion Issues Gathers Additional Support
  • U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Activity
  • U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

 

Daycos Informs Customers of Invoice Note Issue in DPS

issued a notice to their customers that is relevant to all TSPs working in DPS. Please see the text of their message below:

 

We have identified an issue regarding notes left by PPSO personnel that may affect the processing of invoices for payment. We have been working with PPSO locations and the DPS Help Desk and have found that if a note is over the 255 character limit, it will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.

 

Our team is actively reaching out to PPSOs to create awareness of this issue, in an effort to minimize payment times and delays.

 

For our billing customers, if you receive a request for documentation or information from the base in relation to this issue, please forward them to us at and we will work with them directly to handle this as quickly as possible.

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USTRANSCOM Commander Videos Used During Her NDTA Speech

The following videos were provided to NDTA by the USTRANSCOM Deputy Commander, VADM Mewbourne, with the following description:

 

Below you will find links to the videos shown during Gen Van Ovost’s remarks at last month’s Fall Meeting. The videos demonstrate the integral role our commercial partners play in accomplishing the USTRANSCOM mission. I invite our valuable industry partners across the NDTA committees to view and share these videos to help convey the powerful effects of our combined efforts. In addition to the featured professional industry and DoD personnel, the credit for these videos goes to the talented members of the Commander’s Action Group.

 

USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (2 Nov)

Please see attached and from today’s (2 Nov) USTC industry/Services/JPPSO call. A couple of items of interest to note:

 

Following up from last week’s comments about using a “blanket” statement about denying inconvenience claims due to an “act of god”, Col Safranek stated, We’ve seen some blanket statements on not paying inconvenience claims due to supply chain issues. Don’t agree with the blanket excuse. If you have specific issues on a specific shipment, by all means submit that and we’ll go over it on a case-by-case basis.

 

Additionally, a question was asked about whether the GHC announcement was “on track” for 4 November. Col Safranek stated they expect GHC announcement on the 4th of November at earliest. He also stated “As we get past the announcement, we can move forward with more specificity on details of timing, etc.”

USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (26 Oct)

Please see attached and from today’s (26 Oct) USTC industry/Services/JPPSO call. A couple of items of interest to note:

  1. Col Safranek, the USTC DP3 Director, has stated that the use of “act of God” as a reason for denying an inconvenience claim will not be tolerated. He stated he’ll give industry until next Friday (5 Nov) to remove current denials of claims based on act of God, and after that will suspend TSPs for denying an inconvenience claim based on the justification of an act of God. He sees missed RDDs as being caused by business decisions, not because of the overall supply chain crisis that the world is currently facing.
  2. USTRANSCOM is continuing to work the policy update on lithium batteries being shipped in household goods; and once they’ve worked with the appropriate agencies in DoD and USTRANSCOM J5/4, they will inform industry.
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