Solutions to port disruptions are needed
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture says the ag industry needs a solution to the West Coast port disruptions.
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai says work is being done. “Discussions are taking place within the administration,” she says. “Including with the Federal Maritime Commission to determine a course of action to smooth out this discombobulation, if you will.”
During her address to NASDA members on Tuesday, she said the backlog at the ports have been caused in part by the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. “As more economic and trade activity comes back online, there are just areas where supply and demand don’t quite match up and you get these really strange and distorted effects.”
RJ Karney, senior direct of public policy for NASDA says members adopted policy on the issue during their annual meeting this week. “That would ask for the immediate intervention and discussions with the Federal Maritime Commission to take actions that would address the increased attention charges and prohibit the unreasonable decline of US ag exports,” he says. “But also, looking at some legislation that has been introduced.”
Karney made his remarks to reporters following the conclusion of the NASDA annual conference.