ACSA Along with 100 Supply Chain Participants Share Testimony on Congestion in the Memphis Marketplace

On August 11th, ACSA leaders including Buddy Allen of American Cotton Shippers Association, Michael Symonanis of Allenberg Cotton Co., Donna Lemm of IMC Companies, and Neely Mallory of Mallory Alexander International Logistics participated in a Federal Maritime Commission Memphis Supply Chain Stakeholder Meeting led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye. Over 100 stakeholders participated in the meeting including FMC Chairman Dan Maffei, Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin Oberman, STB Board Member Patrick Fuchs, and key Congressional staff. In the meeting participants share testimony regarding supply chain congestion in the Memphis marketplace and the impact on their companies. Following that, Buddy shared a potential legislative solution by creating an interoperable, grey pool pilot in Memphis. Meeting summary below. Whitepaper created by the Memphis Supply Chain Innovation Team that discusses the problem and potential solution can be found below.

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Whitepaper here

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