California asks Federal Maritime Commission to take action on agricultural shipping delays



Helen Regan | CNBC

Just one week after CNBC’s two month investigation into shipping carriers’ rejection of U.S. agricultural exports, California is calling on the Federal Maritime Commission for immediate action. A letter to the FMC was signed by several state officials asking for immediate steps in reviewing the carriers’ export policies.

Shipping carriers rejected U.S. agricultural export containers worth hundreds of millions of dollars during October and November, instead sending empty containers to China to be filled with more profitable Chinese exports, the CNBC investigation found.

In the letter obtained by CNBC, state officials said, “We are writing to seek your assistance to address the current delays and ongoing shipping challenges in California ports which are significantly impacting the operations of businesses throughout the state. In particular, the operations of our agricultural sector which relies heavily on export markets are being heavily affected.”
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