Ag exporters seek remedy for shipping crisis


BY Press Release

via KTIC (NE) - April 29, 2021


As the container shipping crisis continues its crippling effect on U.S. exporters, the Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance joined nearly 300 agricultural and forest product associations and companies – including several SSGA members – this week in signing on to a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, urging immediate intervention to remedy the situation.


“We need action now,” the letter states, “not additional studies.”


SSGA agrees, as U.S. exporters and their access to foreign markets must be protected.


The letter requests that the Department of Transportation assist the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) “in expediting its enforcement options” and “consider its existing authorities” to determine how it can assist U.S. exporters and the ag producers they serve in their transportation needs.


For more than six months, U.S. ag exporters, including SSGA members who supply Identity Preserved soya and specialty grains for food manufacture, have suffered under unreasonable practices by ocean carriers. These practices include the declining of U.S. agricultural and other exports in favor of sending empty containers back overseas in order to keep up with the massive demand for consumer imports.


The imbalance has caused congestion, delays and even cancelation...