Request concurrent with FMC audit into carrier export practices Letter comes amid shipper-led complaints against carriers US FAK import rates remain eight-fold higher than exports US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla on May 4 urged ocean carriers to load more US agricultural exports as the frenzied US import market has impacted export volumes.

The California senators noted that export market conditions have led to steep declines in bookings and loadings, even as demand has remained firm. “Agricultural commodities have been significantly hampered in exporting their products because of container and equipment shortages, canceled bookings, and inadequate receiving windows,” a letter from the senators said May 4. “Three out of four containers at US ports are returning to Asia empty, resulting in a significant backlog of sold product in need of transportation.” The Federal […]