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Target Interstate continues monitoring and working with ELD Mandate

Evan Kazan, director of business development for Target Interstate Systems, a leading fresh produce transportation and logistics firm based at Hunt Point Terminal Market in Bronx, NY, is well versed on the ELD Mandate, and he stays on top of every related detail. The company specializes exclusively in the transport of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The ELD Mandate went into effect in December 2015. The first deadline to comply passed in December 2017. It states that an electronic logging device, or ELD, is used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status, or RODS, which replaces the paper logbook some drivers previously used to record their compliance with Hours of Service, or HOS, requirements.

P1060541The Target Interstate team at Hunts Point Terminal Market, with director of business development, Evan Kazan, on the far right.Fleets that were already equipped with electronic logging technology, referred to as AOBRDs, before December 2017 have until December 2019 to ensure compliance with the published specifications.

Days before the 90-day electronic logging device waiver expired, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that hours-of-service rules don’t start until drivers have traveled 150 air-miles away from pickup points.

“These rules did not take into consideration that the trucking industry is not uniformed, and the agricultural industry is especially unique,” said Kazan, who works with his father, company president, Paul Kazan. “The initial rule required dramatic changes to long established business practices, and they needed to be implemented in a relatively short amount of time.”

Waiting time is a big concern for trucking companies, added Kazan. In the past, the common metric used by carriers to determine efficiency and breakeven analysis was dollars per mile.

Companies wanted to maximize the number of miles per day, and hours-of-service wasn’t as big of an issue. With the ELD mandate, the bottleneck isn’t the driver’s physical capabilities and miles in a day, but rather in time management. Therefore the newer metric of efficiency is dollars per hour. Drivers have 11 hours of driving to make as much money in a day as possible.

“We are finding many receivers have become more conscious of the effects of the ELD Mandate on the industry,” said Kazan. “As their logistics partner, Target Interstate Systems has a more open dialogue with them and we try to work together planning around the driver’s available hours, as well as the customer’s product needs. If the product isn’t needed at the scheduled time, we can delay delivery until a time that better suits them allowing the drivers to manage their logs and time more efficiently and keep the customers freight costs down.”

Target Interstate Systems is one of the largest third-party, full-service transportation and logistics companies in North America. The company has been dedicated to providing the highest level of quality and reliable service to the perishable fresh fruit and vegetable industry since 1981.

Kazan said the company’s growth and ongoing success is a result of its team’s high level of dedication of its culture of teamwork.

The company has more than 10,000 qualified carriers, warehouses and forward distribution centers under contractor.

“Each provider must be compliant in all federal laws and regulations,” said Kazan. “They must meet our extremely high standards of stability, reliability, safety and quality of service.”

The professionalism of its team includes staying updated on legislation such as the ELD Mandate.

“The tracing and tracking technologies are becoming more prevalent in the industry,” said Kazan. “There are more companies getting into the space creating devices and platforms. Drivers and transportation companies are becoming more familiar with them and embracing them.”