Agency Acknowledges Trucking Changes Coming for Agricultural Commodities
Confirming recent intelligence received by the advocacy team in Washington, D.C., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finally acknowledged at a trucking trade show last week that there will be an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) focused on clarifying and defining what an agricultural product actually is.
Highlighted in Freightwaves, a trucking industry magazine, FMCSA official Joe DeLorenzo stated that there is no timetable on the release yet, but the agency has been working with the Department of Agriculture to create a framework for the regulation.
This is a huge positive step for our industry. In meetings in late 2017 and throughout 2018 with the AmericanHort advocacy team, FMCSA officials were noncommittal as to potentially helpful rule changes.
Once the ANPRM is issued, AmericanHort will file extensive comments to make the case for the clear inclusion of nursery and floriculture crops within the definition of “agricultural commodity.” Until then, all efforts will be focused on garnering wide support for the recently-introduced Agricultural Trucking Relief Act, H.R.1673, and bringing steady attention to the issue.