Barge rates rise as river levels fall

Barge rates rise as river levels fall

Like last year, water levels on the Mississippi River system are creating an expensive and slow kink in the supply chain.  Mike Steenhoek with the Soy Transportation Coalition tells Brownfield it’s getting more difficult to move commodities downstream from St. Louis. “You can’t load as much per barge. You can’t get as many barges together to form one single unit. You know, the supply chain is getting constricted due to this low water condition.”

Steenhoek says the inevitable result of lower water levels, lighter loads per barge, and fewer barges to a tow is upward pressure on shipping prices, just as the U.S.

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