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Containerization policy: considering increased load weight for certain circumstances of freight in Wisconsin

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Author(s)
Bittner, Jason; Schilling, Martin; Adams, Teresa M.
Publisher
National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education
Date
Jun 2009
Subject(s)
Economic impacts; Size and weight regulations; Containers; International trade; State laws; Policy; Wisconsin; Weight; Freight transportation
Series
CFIRE;01-05;
Series
WisDOT;0092-08-26
Abstract
Many businesses in Wisconsin export their goods throughout the world. An efficient way of doing business internationally is through containerized shipments. This research discovered that Wisconsin?s weight laws for transporting international containers (ICs) are stricter than in several bordering states. Through interviews with major shippers and stakeholders, and analysis of rail related waybill information, this report details some of the economic impacts of stricter weight limits for international container traffic in Wisconsin. After conducting research on current trends in international container shipping, this report analyzed container weight regulations in several states throughout the US, including Minnesota and Illinois. Through interviews with impacted businesses and stakeholders, the research team learned that transportation costs increase significantly for Wisconsin businesses as a result of the state?s existing weight laws.
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68 p.
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http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/55593 
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