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AJOT: ContainerPort Group’s Kramer meets challenges of port drayage business with intermodal solutions

June 26, 2016
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American Journal of Transportation (AJOT), "ContainerPort Group’s Kramer meets challenges of port drayage business with intermodal solutions"

Written By: Paul Scott Abbott

With port calls by bigger containerships and growing demands of federal mandates, the drayage business is facing mounting challenges that Jim Kramer, senior vice president for commercial at ContainerPort Group, is tackling head-on.

The venerable Cleveland-based provider of intermodal container and cargo solutions is heightening the role of inland terminals and taking steps to maintain productive truck capacity in an era when the expanded Panama Canal is leading to throughput surges at already-stressed ports and electronic logging requirements and other rules are boding to have further worrisome impacts.

For Kramer, who grew up a stone’s throw from Baltimore’s Dundalk Marine Terminal, a proactive approach is seen as the way to win in what he admits is a constant struggle to retain its truck capacity, while continuing to recruit additional capacity to handle increased opportunities and sustain reliable, cost-efficient cargo movement.

In an interview with the American Journal of Transportation, Kramer offers his views on meeting industry challenges in testing times and provides some personal insights.