Bakers Support STB Increase in Transparency, But More Needed to Improve the Shipping Crisis

abaPRESS RELEASE – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Bakers Association (ABA) applauds yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to increase reporting requirements on all railroads.  ABA has been pressuring the STB to push railroads to report more data regarding shipping concerns.  “Requiring more information from all Class I rail carriers is critical to solving the current shipping problems,” said Lee Sanders, ABA Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs.  “Making this information more transparent will lead to a better understanding of the overall problem, as well as improve performance for all parties affected by the crisis.”

“While the STB decision will be helpful in gathering additional information to better understand the crisis, ABA would like to see more transparency regarding crude oil and other shipments,” said Cory Martin, ABA Director of Government Relations.  “Specifically, the STB should request information on all shipping categories regarding the number of outstanding car orders, the average number of days late for outstanding orders, and the total number of new orders received and filled each week.”

ABA will continue to work with congressional leaders and the STB to address the railway shipping crisis.


About the American Bakers Association:

The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry. Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 700 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families. The baking industry generates more than $102 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 706,000 highly skilled people.

Press Release Contact:

Contact: Cory Martin, Director of Government Relations