Shipping to California? Take a look at these new regulations

California's current rules and regulations

Shipping California freight often involves paying attention to complex rules, regulations, and deadlines. Let’s look at some of the current rules and regulations so you can be sure to keep your California freight flowing.

Beginning January 1, 2023, your operating ability is at risk if you’re running a rig with a pre-2010 emissions-spec engine. Nearly ten years ago, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Truck and Bus regulation banned all trucks powered by 2006 and older emissions-spec engines, with some narrow exceptions.

With the most current ruling, CARB and the California Department of Motor Vehicles will assume truck model years 2008-2010 are powered by 2007-2009 engines. And unless your take steps with the agencies to prove otherwise, your registrations/renewal will be blocked.

**There is an exception to the regulation above.**: If you have a written contract to purchase a new vehicle to replace a vehicle with a 2007-2009 engine in place before September 1, 2023, you can operate your existing vehicle until you start to use your replacement truck. To use this exemption, you must register in CARB’s Truck Regulation Upload, Compliance, and Reporting System (TRUCRS) and report the use of the exemption. Also, please note that drivers owning a 2010 model-year truck (with a 2010 model-year engine) can report their engine in compliance through the CARB Excluded Diesel Vehicle Reporting database (EDVR).

Another California rule that took effect on January 1, 2023, places roadside emissions monitoring devices (REMDs) at locations around the state. REMDs check emissions on any passing vehicle. If the vehicle is a high emitter, the owner will receive a notice to submit to testing, requiring the owner to bring the truck to a “referee” location for emissions component inspection.

And on April 28, 2023, CARB approved the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) regulation, which includes drayage truck requirements for drayage trucks transporting cargo to and from California’s intermodal seaports and railyards. Lawmakers designed these requirements to meet risk reduction, air quality, and claim goals as well as the directive of Executive Order (EO) N‑79‑20 goal: 100 percent zero-emission drayage trucks in California by 2035. The ACF drayage truck reporting deadline is December 31, 2023. CARB is developing an online reporting system to ensure access before the deadline.

Are you shipping to/from California? Shippers rely on Nexterus to keep them updated on all the new shipping regulations for California in 2023 so that shippers aren’t penalized, and orders get shipped correctly. Nexterus works closely with clients to select quality carriers that offer the best services to ship orders without damages that arrive on time. Plus, Nexterus understands all the rules of regulations governing shipments to and from California, so you can rely on them to get your shipments delivered on-time, without any incidences. Contact Nexterus when ready to ship.

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