July 7, 2016 4:00 PM, EDT

IANA Offers New Application to Improve Intermodal Efficiency

The Intermodal Association of North America said it’s created an application using a Web portal to help motor carriers utilize chassis and containers more efficiently.

The group’s Street Turn Interchange application is designed to standardize so-called “street turns” or “street interchanges,” which occur when a driver obtains a new piece of equipment after completing an assignment without having to travel to obtain one from a more distant pickup location.

"IANA's latest Intermodal Information Service benefits the industry on multiple fronts, including driver productivity, terminal efficiency and reduced empty miles," said Joni Casey, president and CEO of IANA. "This online solution demonstrates what the industry can achieve when modes agree to partner."

The new IANA offering is integrated with its Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement, or UIIA, which sets terms such as liability for exchanges of equipment between motor carriers and ocean carriers. Participants in the interchange agreement can use the app without cost. The Street Turn portal also works with IANA’s Global Intermodal Equipment Registry.

Later this year, IANA intends to offer a mobile app and system-to-system programming interface, or API.