IRPT Annual Conference - April 24-26, 2018 - Cincinnati, Ohio

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Maritime Versus Railway Transportation Costs

December 25, 2017: Maritime Executive Comparing Maritime Versus Railway Transportation Costs Several years ago, two independent studies compared maritime to railway transportation costs involving the movement of containers. It seems possible to expand on those studies to estimate transportation costs of containers arriving from overseas points of origin, at certain North American destinations. Cost Estimates…
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Greetings Sponsors and Exhibitors:

Greetings Sponsors and Exhibitors: Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) is excited to present its 2018 Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors! We invite you to join us for the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) Annual Conference at the Westin Cincinnati, April 24th thru April 26th (with golf and exhibitor move in on Monday,…
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IRPT members recognized nationally and now globally.

Thanks to its long-lasting relationship with Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Site Selection Magazine has put IRPT Members on the map! IRPT Members have experienced our relentless pursuit to have our Members recognized nationally and now they are being recognized globally. In addition to Site Selection Magazine’s port and foreign trade zone directory, they have…
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CHINA CRACKS THE DOOR OPEN FOR US DDGS EXPORTS

November 13: KTIC  CHINA CRACKS THE DOOR OPEN FOR US DDGS EXPORTS China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on its website that it would again allow U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to be imported without charging an 11% value-added tax (VAT), the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) reported Nov. 9. The announcement was made…
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DOT’s INFRA Grants

The Department of Transportation has officially issued a notice of grant opportunity for INFRA Grants. The award ceiling is $1,400,000,000 and the award floor is $5,000,000. Closing date to submit an INFRA Grant application is November 2, 2017. Eligible applicants for INFRA grants are: • a State or group of States; • a metropolitan planning…
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Rejecting proposed cuts, House approves healthy spending for inland rivers investments

Congress has given the first signs that it will reject the Trump administration’s proposed cuts for spending on inland rivers, locks and dams, as well as a proposed user fee on commercial barge operators. The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works program that ignores…
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EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a SmartWay Transport Partnership program that “helps companies and organizations achieve their freight supply chain sustainability goals by providing credible tools, data, and standards—at no cost—for measuring, benchmarking, and improving environmental performance.” Any company or organization that ships, manages, or hauls freight can become a SmartWay Partner. There are…
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Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is now soliciting applications for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. Authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act’s Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, INFRA grants will fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. The INFRA program will make approximately $1.5…
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STB Final Rule

Filed in the Federal Register, the Surface Transportation Board (Board) is adopting final rules amending its regulations on the publication of rate and service terms for agricultural products and fertilizer. To view the ruling in its entirety, please click here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/06/2017-14180/publication-requirements-for-agricultural-products-rail-transportation-of-grain-rate-regulation?utm_campaign=subscription%20mailing%20list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email Effective July 30, 2017: The Board is adopting final rules amending its regulations governing…
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Notice of Grant Funding

FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs ­ Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Under this NOFA, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs.…
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