WASHINGTON - A group of non-vessel-operating common carriers that organized last year around a single issue will meet in Newark Wednesday to discuss its future in the political arena.
Joseph T. Saggese, managing director of the NVO-Government Affairs Conference (NVO-GAC), said the group will "see what we want to do on other issues."
The NVO-GAC organized in February 2002 to lobby the Customs Service for permission to file cargo manifests electronically. NVOCCs got that in Customs' new rule requiring carrier manifests to be filed 24 hours in advance of sailing from a foreign port.
That issue settled, the group will decide if there is interest in pursuing other legislative or regulatory issues, Saggese said. Those include reform of the Carriage of Goods by Sea (COGSA) law, confidential contracting, and carrier antitrust immunity.
"We think the momentum is there for the group to go forward," Saggese said.
Original members of the NVO-GAC included Danzas-AEI, BDP International, Econocaribe Consolidators, Panalpina, Kuehne & Nagel and United Parcel Service's Fritz Cos.