Business View Magazine | October 2019

126 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2019 that summarizes the most recent news and developments affecting the terminal industry. We produce an annual membership directory, host tailored training and educational programs, and are growing our social media presence. Earlier this year, ILTA brought a group of terminal company executives to Capitol Hill for our first-ever industry “fly-in”– a full day of meetings with key lawmakers and their staffs. At these meetings, we made our case on key legislative issues that affect our industry. For example, we relayed to Congressional offices the importance of rededicating the funding available in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) to its original purpose – investing in maintenance and improvements to our nation’s ports, waterways, and harbors. We also asked Congress to ensure proper treatment of gasoline, diesel and fuel mixtures under the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Act as it proceeds with reauthorization of the program. Finally, we thanked Congress for listening to our industry and enacting legislation to require that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security study the effectiveness of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) before finalizing requirements for biometric readers at port and terminal facilities. Another important area of ILTA advocacy on behalf of our membership this year is our engagement with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding proper demurrage charging practices. Through meetings with the three members of the STB and their staffs, and through formal testimony, we have raised the STB’s awareness of the unfair implications for terminals of its earlier decisions pertaining to demurrage charges. ILTA is committed to serving the tank and terminal industry, and we’re proud to be telling its story. We’re excited about the work ahead, particularly by growing and evolving to represent this dynamic industry.