Develop Air Quality Partnerships

CRT and EDF share the belief that by partnering together, ports and their customers can improve the environmental quality of port communities while ensuring that the ports remain an engine for job creation and a thriving economy. 

By virtue of the fact that CRT represents the largest shippers in the country, CRT is able to create a “customer-led” approach that has proven to be a powerful catalyst for port leadership to become engaged in Clean Trucks Initiatives, and it also gives ports needed assurance that taking the initiative to implement a clean truck program will not create an economic incentive for port customers to move their cargo elsewhere, which could result in serious harm to the competitive position of the port.  

For example, shortly after the Ports of LA and Long Beach implemented a fee on their customers to finance a portion of their Clean Truck Program, the Port of Seattle sought to attract discretionary cargo away from those ports by capitalizing on the increased cost of doing business in Southern California.  The Port of Seattle ran a successful advertising campaign in national industry trade journals touting the fact that their port did not adopt any of the clean truck fees that were enacted in Southern California, and that the Port of Seattle was “collaborating with our customers to keep it that way.” 

By collaborating to ensure that clean truck programs have the full investment and support of port customers, the CRT Clean Truck Model helps to ensure that ports do not have to make the choice between clean air and cargo.