August 28, 2014 | JOC.com
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US Grain Exporters Welcome ILWU Contract But Rail Delay Concerns Persist

International Longshore and Warehouse Union members returned to work on August 27

US Grain Exporters Welcome ILWU Contract But Rail Delay Concerns Persist

U.S. grain shippers are welcoming the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Northwest grain handlers, but they are still concerned about poor rail serve that is hampering their ability to get exports to Asia.

The ratification of a new four-year agreement between the ILWU and three large grain exporters — Louis Dreyfus Commodities, United Grain Corp. and Columbia Grain — will enhance the predictability of grain shipments, Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, said in an email on Wednesday. To read more click here.

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