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Statement of Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye Applauding the Creation of the FMC National Shipper Advisory Committee

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I have long believed and said publicly on repeated occasions, the Commission would benefit from having a formal and established method for collecting the advice of its shipper constituency.  In fact, one of the final recommendations I made to the Commission at the conclusion of Fact Finding 28 was the need to form a Shipper Advisory Board. I applaud the creation of the National Shipper Advisory Committee and am gratified with today’s vote and that we will soon be able to solicit applications from our importers and exporters to serve on this body.  I am grateful for the support this initiative had in both the Senate and the House and for its inclusion in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act.  I encourage individuals with original ideas and a desire to lead to submit applications to be members of this Committee.  There is no shortage of issues demanding the Commission’s attention. I am confident that with the right mix of people serving on the Advisory Committee, we can make meaningful progress in addressing those that are most urgent for the benefit of America’s freight delivery system.

Rebecca F. Dye is a Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. The thoughts and comments expressed here are their own and do not necessarily represent the position of the Commission.