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Tariffs Continue to Impact PNW Grain Exports

Impact to be felt widely, industry observers say

Grain exports along the Columbia River System have dropped dramatically as a consequence of the tariff-based trade war between the U.S. and China, and regional officials are worried about the “trickle down” effect the decline might have, reports The Columbian.

“Everyone along the supply chain will be impacted: longshoremen, port revenues, (United Grain Commission) employees, transportation companies who move grain products,” Augusto Bassanini, CEO and president for United Grain Corp., which is based in Vancouver, told The Columbian.

Helenberg and Port Commission President Doug Averett noted that some of the soybean export decline is due to delayed rail traffic and recent weather conditions, port officials pointed to the trade war as a leading contributor to the loss of soybean exports.

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