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FVL Committee Alerts AIAG Members that Projects are Near-Ready for Stakeholder Review

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Recent events have clearly demonstrated the challenges in managing the scope, scale, and complexity of today’s automotive supply chain. The work done by FVL committees and work groups can have a significant impact on supply chain efficiency — whether the goal is to improve the flow of information, increase quality, reduce in-transit damage, or provide greater visibility anywhere in the system.

The Port Quality Assessment is an eDoc that will be provided to AIAG members for all entities involved in finished vehicle logistics. “It allows the entities to review their operations on a regularly scheduled cadence to improve the quality and identify areas for improvement,” explains Bill Kerrigan, AIAG’s finished vehicle logistics program manager.

Kerrigan says the Port Quality Assessment Committee is meeting to finalize the assessment document for automobiles and expects to have stakeholder review available in September. At that time, the Port Quality Assessment tool will be available for download and can be personalized for local use by marine terminal operators, port authorities, port processors, ocean carriers, railroads, haulaway companies, and their respective labor forces.

In addition, AIAG’s ePOD Work Group is reviewing the process flow chart, data requirements, and business rules before sending the Rail Ramp update out for stakeholder review. “The Rail Ramp update for ePOD is the first of two supplements that AIAG and its volunteers are completing to add to the E-21 standard,” explains Kerrigan. “This update provides for the pickup of vehicles from rail ramps by haulaway companies and includes a process mapping and data/business requirements.”

The committee will be sending the Rail Ramp Supplement out for stakeholder review after its August 19th meeting. It can be viewed in the eDocs section of the AIAG website.

Kerrigan says that next on the committee’s agenda is ePOD for port terminals and processing centers. “The committee will begin addressing the marine terminal supplement for ePOD to determine how we can eliminate waste and errors by converting a largely paper process into a eDoc process,” Kerrigan says. “This will involve the cooperation and work of many entities, including ports, processors, haulaway companies, Customs and Border Protection, and others.”

For more information, contact FVL Program Manager Bill Kerrigan, w.kerrigan@att.net or (843) 971-0240.