Briefly: Iowa harvest truck weight proclamation extended a fifth time

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued another extension of its harvest proclamation that was first enacted last September.

The fifth extension of this order makes it effective through Feb. 23.

The proclamation allows trucks transporting corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage, stover, fertilizer (dry, liquid and gas), and manure (dry and liquid) to be overweight (but not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit for the duration of the waiver.

This relief applies to loads transported on all Iowa highways excluding the interstate system. Loads must not exceed the maximum axle weight and must comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

ATA Intermodal conference praises chassis ruling

The American Trucking Associations’ Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference recently praised the Federal Maritime Commission decision upholding a previous ruling that ocean carriers violated federal law by requiring trucking companies to use specific intermodal chassis providers when moving containers.

“The FMC has now confirmed that the actions of these ocean carriers are a clear violation of federal law and must stop,” said IMCC Executive Director Jonathan Eisen. â€śIMCC and ATA have been fighting this conduct by foreign-owned ocean carriers for more than a decade, so this ruling has been a long time coming.”

IMCC filed its complaint against the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association, Consolidated Chassis Management and the world’s largest ocean carriers with the FMC in 2020, alleging, among other things, that they have denied motor carriers the ability to choose their provider when obtaining this essential equipment, leading to unjust and unreasonable prices for trucking companies. Yesterday’s action by the full FMC upholds the 2023 decision of an FMC administrative law judge that this conduct violated the Shipping Act.


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