US hog farmers voice concerns over bottlenecks at American ports

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging Congress to address shipping and logistics bottlenecks at US ports in new testimony.
calendar icon 16 June 2021
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All US ports are experiencing shipping delays, but the West Coast is the most heavily impacted since it sends product to Asian-Pacific destinations. The Asia-Pacific region is one of US pork’s top markets, due to its cultural preference for pork and recent trade agreements with China and Japan. “Shipping delays to the Asia-Pacific region are increasing costs and positioning the United States as an unreliable trading partner. If left unaddressed, this may also negatively impact future trade agreements with Southeast Asian trading partners as we seek better market access for US pork,” she added.

Among recommendations to alleviate the port bottlenecks, Sorenson urged for expanded operating hours for US ports, and expedited Federal Maritime Commission enforcement preventing unreasonable financial penalties for exporters.

“US pork producers need Congress and the administration to work together to quickly engage and address these shipping delays, enabling hog farmers to continue to lead the way as a vibrant American farm sector that is critical to the rural and overall US economy,” Sorenson concluded.

Click here to read Sorenson’s full testimony.

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