Imports into the United States generally deliver four-to-five times more revenue to an ocean carrier on a per-container basis than an export, particularly if is an agricultural product. SB&B Foods President Bob Sinner says these shipping containers typically bring consumer products to the U.S. “When those containers come in, they are unloaded and made available for an export load such as a load of food-grade soybeans.” To maximize revenues, ocean carriers try to turn those containers around as soon as possible, even if they’re empty when going back overseas. That creates an obstacle for Rural America and shipments of value-added farm products like identity-preserved ag products. Minot has opened an intermodal ramp. Sinner welcomes that shipping option, but it will take time to develop that transportation hub.
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