Due to high demand for imported goods into the United States, international shippers are rejecting agricultural products and sending containers overseas empty. The problem began in October. According to Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance President Bob Sinner, freight rates have risen 50 percent since that time. “We’ve agreed every step of the way to pay more, yet the system hasn’t improved. In fact, it has gotten worse.” Over 70 agriculture groups have asked the Biden Administration to intervene. Sinner, who leads SB&B Foods at Casselton, North Dakota, says action is needed now. “They first said in October the issue would likely continue until the Chinese New Year and that has come and gone. Now, they’re saying it will last well into the second quarter and others are saying it will last into next fall.” Potentially irreversible damage is being done to U.S. shippers.
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