Congestion at West Coast ports, especially the Port of Los Angeles, is delaying U.S. pork and beef shipments. U.S. Meat Export Federation Senior Director of Export Services Travis Arp says the pandemic has impacted the availability of workers. Containers are also in short supply with Asian companies paying large premiums to have empty containers shipped back rather than waiting for US. cargo. “The agriculture industry has been trying to create awareness on this issue with USDA, the Federal Maritime Commission and other agencies so they really understand how the potential backlog can hurt U.S. exports.”
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