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Northwest Seaport Alliance partners with USDA to help restore shipping service to US-grown agricultural commodities

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) – which manages the marine cargo operations of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma on the northern US Pacific coast – has partnered with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to preposition containers near the port terminals to help improve service for shippers of US-grown agricultural commodities.

A 49-acre pop-up site at NWSA’s existing near-dock facility at Terminal 46 in Seattle will accept dry agricultural and refrigerated containers for temporary storage to put them close to the export terminals, enabling their quick loading on ships that are readying to depart.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will make payments to agricultural companies and cooperatives that preposition containers filled with agricultural products at the pop-up site. The FSA payments of $200 per dry container and $400 per refrigerated container are intended to help cover additional logistical costs.

This initiative is expected to complement the recently announced expansion of the Federal Maritime Commission’s VOCC audit program that will focus increased attention on how shipping lines are serving US export shippers.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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