More than two weeks after Hurricane Ida, logistical problems remain at the Gulf. Delays in unloading barges at the Gulf is also resulting in a shortage of empty barges needed upriver to handle this year’s harvest. Barges on the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee to Cairo, Illinois, were offered Wednesday at 750 percent of tariff. That’s up from 650 percent September 20. This dramatic uptick is in a market where moves of ten percent are the norm.
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