The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), along with more than 50 agricultural and business groups, sent a letter last week to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) concerning the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. 

The FAST Act established a Port Performance Statistics Program that requires BTS to establish a working group of private- and public-sector participants to develop a set of metrics on port marine terminal productivity, using the results as an early warning system for determining when ports stop operating normally and for when the federal government needs to step in to protect the economy.

Outlined in the letter were suggested key performance indicators (KPI) to be developed, including metrics for activities at shipping berths, activities within marine terminal yards, truck gate operations and on-dock rail operations.

NPPC supports the statistics program of the FAST Act and urges the inclusion of baseline metrics and the development of KPIs. (Click here to read the letter.)