AF&PA Supports Federal Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Transportation

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Bipartisan SHIP IT Act introduced by Congressmen Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL) and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-21st) boosts supply chains in the United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in response to The Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking (SHIP IT) Act introduced on Tuesday.

“AF&PA is proud to support the Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking (SHIP IT) Act to help alleviate supply chain constraints experienced across industries resulting from challenges related to the ongoing rail labor uncertainties.

“AF&PA has long advocated for many of the key provisions in this bipartisan bill. We thank Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL) and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-21st) for their continued support, leadership and commitment to crafting a multifaceted approach to build stronger supply chains in the United States.

“This legislation will provide more flexibility and reliability to the forest products industry for receiving products integral to the papermaking process. Reliable transportation helps deliver our essential products to their final destination faster and more efficiently. We look forward to working with our partners in the Shippers Coalition and on Capitol Hill to move the SHIP IT Act forward in the 118th U.S. Congress.”

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative—Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

Source: AF&PA