WG joined 80 agriculture groups in sending a letter to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue asking them to encourage the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to adopt a rule curtailing unfair detention and demurrage penalties by ocean carriers and terminal operators.

Cory Lunde

The coronavirus in China is dramatically impacting the Chinese economy including China’s ports. Public reports from multiple sources indicate that Chinese ports of entry are running significantly behind in loading and unloading freight. Warehouses in and around ports as well as the port facilities themselves lack sufficient workers as people are either ill or fear becoming ill. Members shipping product to China should expect delays. Additionally, we are aware that several shipping companies are adding “congestion surcharges” per container for cargo bound for China and other Asian ports.

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