Shippers, receivers must obey California reefer emission rule

11/19/2012 11:15:00 AM
Coral Beach

Shannon Leigh, transportation manager for C.H. Robinson, said the company changed contracts and other documents to include the language effective Oct. 28.

“The goal is to help shippers avoid fines,” Leigh said, adding that C.H. Robinson has been working with CARB for years to make sure its equipment and clients are compliant. “Our intention is to ensure proper due diligence to minimize the risk for our grower-shippers”

click image to zoomCourtesy California Air Resources BoardThe California Air Resources Board has a variety of websites with information to help shippers, receivers and others understand their obligations under California state law. Effective Jan. 1, any shipper or receiver who hires a carrier to transport their produce must take measures to ensure that the refrigeration equipment is compliant with the California law -- even if the truck doesn't stop in the state but merely travels through it.

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33566  |  November, 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM

This article makes no sense. What is required? Compliant for what? Hill seems so proud of himself for creating such a steep fine for being non compliant he forgot to mention what all this is about.

Coral Beach    
November, 20, 2012 at 09:51 AM

Mike, The regulation and its history is quite complicated, and since shippers, receivers and others who will come under it Jan. 1 don't actually have to inspect equipment, I did not include many of the technical details. The reg involves emissions from refrigeration equipment commonly called TRUs (transport refrigeration units) and gen sets. The online seminar slides are now available at: Check out slides 4, 5, 6 and 7 for basic technical details. California adopted the reg in 2004. It became law in 2009 and enforcement began in 2010. The reg was amended in 2011. I encourage you to check with Western Growers, the California Grape and Tree Fruit League and C.H. Robinson -- as well as the websites listed in the box above -- for additional details. The message from the online seminar and this story is that shippers, receivers and others who hire carriers to haul refrigerated loads will be required as of Jan. 1 to hire only carriers with compliant eqiupment, if the load will be going to, from or through California. I hope this helps, Coral Beach, staff writer

New York  |  November, 20, 2012 at 08:01 AM

Great!!!! More gov't regualtion and fines. This will indeed help freight rates from Cal to NY. I have no idea why anyone would want to be truck driver any more...It's a hard enough life without the regs. When it gets to the point that we are all unproifitable that's when these jack#$%es will be happy. Way to go Gubmint!!!

November, 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Is this only for produce? or any refrigerated product?

Irvine, California  |  November, 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM

The regulations applies to the equipment (TRU), regardless of the product being transported.

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