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AG COMMODITY EXPORTS PILE UP AT CALIFORNIA PORTS, GROUPS PRESS FOR ACTION
Agri-Pulse reports:

The U.S. ag sector is growing increasingly upset with the situation at California ports. Chinese exporters continue to pay shippers premiums to bring back empty containers instead of loading up with U.S. commodities for export, and the delays are piling up for U.S. companies desperate to get their pork, beef, fruit and vegetables to Asian buyers.

The Federal Maritime Commission says it's investigating the situation, but frustrated farm groups and food and ag companies are turning to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"We need action now, not additional studies," more than 200 farm groups and food and ag companies tell Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a letter.

The groups and companies, including organizations such as the National Pork Producers Council, USA Rice, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, Western Growers Association, National Cotton Council, International Dairy Foods Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation, estimate that the situation has resulted in the loss of nearly $1.5 billion.


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