The District Court affirmed an order of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) granting appellant's common carrier application under the grandfather clause of the Transportation Act of 1958 to transport certain frozen seasonal agricultural products but substantially curtailing its prior operations. Held: The ICC should reconsider in light of the carrier's status and ability to perform, and the transportation characteristics and marketing pattern of the products. United States v. Carolina Freight Carriers Corp., 315 U.S. 475, 482 -489.
Reversed and remanded.
A. Alvis Layne argued the cause for appellant. With him on the brief was John H. Joyce.
Stephen J. Pollak argued the cause for the United States et al. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Cox, Assistant Attorney General Orrick, Lionel Kestenbaum, Robert W. Ginnane and Fritz R. Kahn.
Appellant applied to the Interstate Commerce Commission under the grandfather clause of the Transportation Act of 1958, 7 (c), 72 Stat. 573, 49 U.S.C. 303 (b) (6), to transport as a common carrier over irregular routes frozen fruits, berries, and vegetables, and frozen seafoods and poultry when transported with such frozen fruits, berries, and vegetables. The Commission granted a certificate which substantially curtailed appellant's prior operations. 89 M. C. C. 377. The District Court affirmed without opinion.
We think United States v. Carolina Freight Carriers Corp., 315 U.S. 475 , requires reversal of the judgment and [377 U.S. 159, 160] a remand to the Commission for reconsideration in light of appellant's status and performance as a common carrier, the transportation characteristics and marketing pattern of these seasonal agricultural products, and the demonstrated ability of appellant to perform the services. Id., at 482-489.