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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Agriculture Transportation Coalition News

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Loggers, Food Exporters Impacted From China's Virus

The economic impact of China's coronavirus lockdown is being felt across the globe, with exporters, miners and manufacturers of everything from coal and timber to meat and fruit facing delays and potential shipment cancellations.As the most populous nation and factory floor for most of the world's manufactured goods, China is normally the largest and most voracious consumer of a slew of global raw materials, fuels and foods.But the combination of an extended Lunar New Year holiday…

Hamburg Süd “Top Ranked Carrier” For Third Time in a Row

Hamburg Süd has been a reliable and efficient partner of US shippers of agricultural and forestry products for many years. For its outstanding performance, it was recently honored as “Top Ranked Carrier” for the third year in a row by the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC), the largest association of exporters of agricultural and forestry products in the United States. The award ceremony was held in mid-June. “Hamburg Süd won’t become complacent just because of the success it has seen so far,” says Jürgen Pump, Senior Vice President of Hamburg Süd North America, Inc.

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Is OCEMA’s Terminal Weighing Approach SOLAS VGM Compliant?

The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association recently declared the Terminal Weighing Approach (TWA) an industry best practice. The lack of guidelines for shippers about how to comply with the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) regulation that went into effect on July 1, 2016, has also led to a number of questions throughout the industry. Where should containers be weighed? How do shippers provide their signatures for these weights without slowing down the supply chain? Still, as of today, many of the 170 countries that have adopted the regulation have not published guidelines.

Peter Friedmann (left) announces Jim Newsome as the AgTC Person of the Year. (Photo: SCPA)

AgTC Honors Head of South Carolina Ports

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) recently named Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president and CEO, the first Person of the Year award recipient in the Coalition's 28-year history. “Never has an individual so distinguished himself in a manner that will have such a positive impact on all participants in ocean shipping, shippers, carriers, ports and terminals,” said Peter Friedmann, Executive Director, AgTC. Newsome received the award at the AgTC Annual Meeting…

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Wilson Appointed to US Supply Chain Committee

Melzie Wilson, Vice President – Compliance at Mallory Alexander International Logistics, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC). Wilson, who has worked for Mallory Alexander for close to 23 years and is a Board Member of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), was appointed to the ACSCC by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. ACSCC members advise the Secretary of Commerce on the necessary elements of a comprehensive…

Farmers Hit by Strife at West Coast Ports

Protracted labor strife and shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week. Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in shipments of U.S. food and farm products are turning to other countries for produce ranging from citrus and apples to beef and pork, the Washington-based Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) has reported. Many frustrated U.S.