Shipping companies are making it more difficult and costly to ship American food exports. Now, industry groups want federal regulators to clamp down on ‘unreasonable, unjust practices’. US exporters are struggling to send food abroad as the global shipping system strains under unprecedented pandemic demand.
Produce is piling up in storage due to a confluence of disruptions in the international supply chain. These are the consequences when more and more American agricultural exports arrive at their destinations late, if they even make the journey at all.
A similar situation is happening in many agricultural sectors. This is what the industry calls an ‘export crisis’. If the backlog is not cleared in time, it may lead to shrinking foreign markets. Peter Friedmann, executive director of shipper's lobby group Agricultural Transport Alliance, said: "“What’s at stake now is our exporters are unable to be dependable suppliers to the global marketplace.”
In a letter to the Biden administration last week, the coalition attributed these disruptions to “unreasonable, unjust practices” by international shipping carriers, and called on the federal regulators and Congress to do more to rein the companies in.
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