Inside Logistics

IWLA legislative fly-in to focus on warehousing and supply chain issues

August 4, 2014

DES PLAINES, Iowa.– Members of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) are descending upon Washington, D.C., Sept. 17-19, for the 2014 IWLA Legislative Fly-in. The three-day event includes regulatory and legislative discussions with D.C. experts and meet-and-greets with senators and representatives.

“This election year is an important one to IWLA and the warehouse-logistics organizations it represents,” says IWLA President & CEO Steve DeHaan. “There is legislation in the pipeline that will affect warehouse hiring practices. And, as always, regulators continue to alter how warehouses conduct their business – from how they deal with railroads to handling food to hiring and scheduling drivers.”

The IWLA Fly-in agenda is a good representation of the broad scope of regulatory issues IWLA members (and the broader warehousing industry) face: OSHA and temporary workforces; food safety; motor-carrier hiring standards; the Highway Trust Fund; the Trade In Services Agreement; labor relations; freight updates, an election outlook; a government affairs update; and more. 

“IWLA membership interests are varied based on facility type, services, products, transportation modes and corporate cultures. This event is valuable to our members to get access to many different experts and regulatory entities in one place,” DeHaan says.

During the 2014 program, members have the opportunity to stay for bonus sessions/receptions:

A Sept. 19 IWLA Chemical Council Meeting will explore Global Harmonization, hazmat and the DOT, CFATS and the IWLA Responsible Warehousing Protocol. An evening reception follows.

A Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Special Education Update, featuring an expert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration speaking about the Drug Quality and Security Act.

The IWLA Political Action Committee and IWLA Government Affairs Council invite members to a Sept. 17 reception in support of Sen. Lamar Alexander, (R-Tenn.).

“The ramped up 2014 event is designed to increase participation during the election year. IWLA wants to make its presence known on Capitol Hill to complement a highly active government affairs program. This is our time to get in front of our elected officials,” DeHaan says.

For more information about the IWLA Legislative Fly-in and Council Meeting or the IWLA Government Relations program, please visit