Con-way Freight Executive Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. March 9, 2007 - An executive from Con-way Freight, the nation's leading regional less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carrier, appeared yesterday before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Con-way Freight-Southern president James P. (Phil) Worthington appeared on behalf of the American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA) at a hearing on "Long-Haul Cross-Border Trucking Operations with Mexico."

Worthington spoke in support of an initiative announced last month aimed at expanding cross-border trucking operations with Mexico. The year-long pilot program will simplify freight delivery across the border by allowing U.S. trucks to transport freight directly into Mexico. Certain Mexican trucking companies will be granted rights to make freight deliveries beyond the roughly 20-mile commercial zones currently in place along the border.

During his testimony, Worthington noted that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has increased U.S.-Mexico trade by more than 400 percent, while strict cross-border trucking regulations have meant delays and inefficiencies for motor carriers forced to transfer loads from one country to a neutral loading point before they can enter the destination country.

"This process results in extra trucks on the road, congestion, delays and 'over handling' of shipments, which invariably leads to increased costs," said Worthington. "The new trucking provisions will eliminate a cumbersome, outdated and costly system of moving freight across the border and replace it with an efficient, transparent and safe cross-border trucking process."

While Worthington stressed the ATA's support of the pilot program, he called attention to two concerns by ATA and its members complexities in the application process and a six-month delay implementing the pilot for U.S. motor carriers.

The program was announced Feb. 23, 2007, by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters and her Mexican counterpart, Secretary Luis Tellez.

"We are pleased that Mr. Worthington, one of ATA's many respected thought leaders, was able to share Con-way Freight's and the ATA's views with the subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations," said Clayton Boyce, the ATA's vice president of public affairs.

ATA is the national trade association of the trucking industry. Through its affiliated trucking associations and more than 30,000 motor carrier members, affiliated conferences and other organizations, it represents every type and class of motor carrier in the United States.

Worthington's complete testimony is available upon request.

About Con-way Freight

Con-way Freight is a transportation and services company that provides day-definite less-than-truckload freight delivery services for commercial and industrial businesses in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. All Con-way Freight operating components are ISO certified for 9001 and 14001, C-TPAT/PIP, ACE and CSA certified and FAST highway carriers.

Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of San Mateo, Ca.-based Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $4.2 billion freight transportation, logistics, supply chain management and trailer manufacturing company. Further information about Con-way Freight and additional press releases are available via the Internet at Con-way Freight.
 

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