A membership in the Maritime Exchange is about joining a successful team that makes a real difference. Exchange committees allow members to meet directly with government officials, business partners, and even competitors to tackle important port issues and exchange ideas. Strength lies in numbers. Consider joining our efforts and lending your voice to help make ours stronger. Because of the combined efforts of engaged businesses such as yours, the Exchange can effectively promote and protect trade in the tristate region.Contact Beverly Ford to get engaged with the Exchange committees.
Since the Delaware River is the premiere port of destination for a variety of agricultural products, the monthly CBP-Ag Working Group meetings have been invaluable. The group includes industry and CBP and USDA personnel and is dedicated to improving processes and resolving challenges as they arise.Engaging decision makers at all levels of both agency chains of command and the Congressional delegation, discussions have turned into direct action, including national policy changes.
Two-way communication is the key to effective change. The Maritime Ops Committee is the forum under which industry and government come together to address legislative, regulatory, and policy matters affecting Delaware River ship and cargo operations. Meeting quarterly, members include all partners in the transportation chain — such as ship lines and agents, brokers, terminal operators, and others — as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and Agriculture.
Users provide developmental direction for technical and procedural changes to Exchange systems, including TRACS, Ship Reporting, AIS, and NOA/D On-Line. In addition, workgroups meet with federal agencies to review regulatory changes that affect cargo, vessel, and crew clearances and processing. Working groups meet as required when changes are needed or requested.
Members of the CSFTS include terminal operators, inland cold warehouse operators, fumigators, importers, and overseas exporters who work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address worker safety. The task force has developed a regional Best Management Practices plan, which Delaware River facilities have voluntarily implemented, and conducts an independent audit each year to monitor compliance.
The Exchange formed this national group at the direct request of the Deputy Administrator for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its purpose is to revisit the new fees for fumigations and cold treatments, established by regulation in late 2016, and make recommendations for alternate approaches.
The Innovations Working Group held its inaugural meeting on October 30, 2020. The new group follows the unqualified success of the locally initiated wood packing materials pilot program, which resulted in new national policy. The purpose of the IWG is to bring members of the maritime industry together with officials from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Plant Protection and Quarantine office to develop and implement ideas to control costs and increase efficiencies for both government and its trade partners.
The FTSC is comprised of major U.S. port authorities, terminal operators, longshore unions, and other port organizations. It was formed in direct response to the U.S. International Trade Commission Section 201 global safeguard investigation in 2001. The group achieved success in 2003 when Section 201 steel tariffs were repealed. Though the coalition is not currently engaged, members work closely with the American Institute of International Steel to ensure continued protection of U.S. jobs dependent on the importation of steel products and stand ready to engage when needed.