CALVERTON, MD, July 7, 2016 — Addressing an industry need for streamlined exchange of intermodal equipment among motor carriers, the Intermodal Association of North America has launched an online platform that facilitates what are commonly referred to as “street interchanges” and “street turns.” The IANA Street Interchange Application brings a standard industry solution to existing practices and integrates with the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement (UIIA), administered by IANA.
“IANA’s latest Intermodal Information Service benefits the industry on multiple fronts, including driver productivity, terminal efficiency and reduced empty miles,” said Joni Casey, president and CEO of IANA. “This online solution demonstrates what the industry can achieve when modes agree to partner.”
Street interchanges and street turns are common in an intermodal motor carrier’s operations – a driver drops off a container and chassis, then picks up another, or a trucker moving an import box re-uses the same box for an export. The opportunity for significant industry-wide benefits occurs when equipment can be re-used without being returned to its pick-up location. IANA’s new platform will accommodate these kinds of moves while validating the motor carrier’s UIIA participation and documenting transfer of liability, indemnification and damage, under the terms of the UIIA, to the appropriate motor carrier.
The web portal component of the application is now available, and introductory webinars are scheduled for July 7th and 13th. IANA will offer a mobile app and system-to-system application programming interface, or API, later in the year. The new program is available to all UIIA participants at no charge.
“A few months ago, we were pleased to hear IANA was looking into an industry-wide platform to facilitate street interchanges between different truckers. We have participated in a small beta test, and we believe this online vehicle may have the ability to expand our street interchange reach exponentially,” said Tom Barattini, director corporate logistics for Hapag Lloyd (America), Inc.
In addition to validating the container’s equipment provider, the system interfaces with IANA’s Global Intermodal Equipment Registry, or GIER, and soon-to-launch Gate Control System. For more information about the Street Interchange Application, visit the webpage.
IANA is North America’s only industry trade association that represents the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. The association’s mission is to promote the growth of efficient intermodal freight transportation through innovation, education and dialogue. The association offers valuable information and services specific to the intermodal industry encompassing consensus business solutions that facilitate: operations, regulatory compliance and policy issue management. IANA’s roster of over 1,000 members represents the diverse companies critical to moving freight efficiently and safely. IANA provides a discussion forum for the many types of stakeholders along the supply chain, resulting in a strong unified voice advocating the needs of intermodal freight transportation. For more information, visit www.intermodal.org.
About the UIIA
Administered by IANA, the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement, or UIIA, is a standard industry contract between intermodal truckers/drayage companies and equipment providers. The UIIA was developed as a means of achieving a degree of uniformity in the interchange process. It outlines the guidelines and rules for the interchange of equipment among ocean carriers, railroads, leasing companies and intermodal trucking companies. For more information, visit www.uiia.org.