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USDA partners with Port of Oakland to restore disrupted shipping services for US agricultural commodities

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced plans to increase capacity at the Port of Oakland in California and improve service for shippers of US-grown agricultural commodities. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with the port to create a 25-acre pop-up site for use by agricultural companies in filling empty shipping containers.

Container availability for US agricultural products has been limited, as ocean carriers have been rushing containers back to be exported empty. Further, some carriers suspended service to the port in 2021, citing congestion. USDA is now taking action to reduce these shipping disruptions that have prevented US agricultural products from reaching their markets.

Starting in early March, the new site will provide easier access for agricultural companies and cooperatives to prepare containers for export shipping, and help relieve congestion at the port. The project is also expected to result in fewer unpredictable congestion surcharges for truckers serving the port.

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.


  1. Good day! What about port features for importing agricultural products like asparagus and blueberries for supplying the USWC? May the USDA / APHIS authorize fumigation and cold treatment facilities in Oakland? Could this help to the port throughput?
    Thanks for your comments

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