If there has been any improvement in the supply chain congestion, it has been small. That’s the word from Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance Chairman Bob Sinner. Sinner, who leads SB&B Foods at Casselton, North Dakota, says everyone wants to know when this will end. “Some are saying it will end after the Chinese New Year and others are saying it probably will be in the middle of next year,” said Sinner. “We will probably struggle for a few months, but those of us in agriculture have always been optimistic and we’ll get through it.” The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was scheduled to impose penalties for ocean carriers that leave cargo sitting too long at the terminals, but that has now been postponed for the third time. “The expectation was to implement this on November 1. That put pressure both on importers and carriers to get those importerd containers off the port. It came to implementation day and it did improve so they postponed it and postponed it again, but the warning is we will implement this if you don’t get more aggressive in getting these imported containers out of the port.” Sinner says the biggest impact with the delayed shipments is the buyers in Southeast Asia. With high temperatures and high humidity, there are buyers are unable to carry inventory and have been forced to shut down manufacturing.
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