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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Nicole Coene (Leidos) via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
July 15, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Reshoring Overseas Manufacturing to the U.S. and North America and its Impacts on the Transportation System For many years, a number of U.S.-based companies have diversified their manufacturing operations from only in the U.S. to various countries around the world, particularly China. Much of the drive by companies to relocate at least some of their manufacturing operations outside the U.S. has been spurred by low labor costs in other countries besides the U.S. and inexpensive and reliable international freight transportation networks that made offshoring manufacturing operations feasible. However, in recent years a variety of factors, including transportation-related concerns such as rising fuel prices, marine shipping slow-steaming, and increasing congestion at U.S. ports, and non-transportation related issues such as increasing labor costs in "low-cost" countries, large-scale natural and human-induced disaster events, and product quality concerns, have encouraged some companies to relocate at least some of their manufacturing operations back to the U.S. or North America to reduce transportation costs and/or supply chain disruption risk. If current, longer-term trends with growing international labor costs, fuel costs, and port congestion continue in their current patterns, and companies continue to increase their recognition of these trends, it is likely an increasing number of companies will look to relocate their production targeted for the U.S. or North American market back to the U.S. or North America in an effort to reduce costs, get higher-value goods to market quicker, and mitigate supply chain risk.

This webinar will discuss the specific factors that companies need to look at when comparing the pros and cons of manufacturing in the U.S. vs. the rest of North America vs. outside of North America, and will also examine the transportation-related implications of reshoring production back from non-North American locations to the U.S. or North America.
Overview of Reshoring Benefits, Costs, Opportunities, and Risk Considerations
This presentation will discuss the various factors that companies should consider when locating or relocating their international manufacturing operations. It will also briefly touch on the transportation implications of reshoring manufacturing to the U.S. or North America.
  • Harry Moser, Reshoring Initiative
Reshoring's Potential Impacts on Freight Transportation Infrastructure
This presentation will discuss the on-going National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) study "Reshoring and Its Impacts on Transportation Infrastructure and the U.S. Economy", talking about its purpose, anticipated results, and feedback needed from interested audience members.
  • Dr. MD Sarder, University of Southern Mississippi

There may also be a speaker from Walmart or GE Appliances who will provide a 1st party, "lived it" perspective on their company's reshoring efforts. The Freight Office is still working to secure a speaker or speakers from one of the companies.

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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