Abbreviations for various Shipping Lines. Also includes links to individual Shipping Line websites.
This guide is the result of a voluntary cooperative effort of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC) of the American Trucking Associations (ATA). It provides voluntary guidance for enhanced security practices within your industry.
This project was in response to ASA/USBҳ desire to determine how best to take advantage of empty containers in export markets. The goal is create a "Win x 5" environment that 1) improves smaller suppliersҠprofitability and competitiveness, 2) cost-effectively increases container inventory imbalances, 3) benefits the industry at the expense of S.A. suppliers, 4) support Asian and European customers' supply-channel objectives, and 5) improves American's trade balance.
Diversification of production agriculture has received much attention over recent years. As producers and customers adapt to technologically advanced production and marketing systems, it is important to consider opportunities available for adding value to raw grain through alternative handling and transportation options. One such opportunity that has been more widely recognized in recent years is marketing grain products via container. It has been estimated that this option is currently used in marketing about 1 percent of U.S.
Containerization has evolved from an industry serving niche markets to an industry creating niche market opportunities. While grain and oilseed industry is dominated by bulky, homogenized product marketing that is heavily reliant on economies of scale in delivering competitively priced commodities, technological advances, foreign market privatization, and declining global market transaction costs have supported diversification of this industry in niche markets such as small-volume containerized products. The findings of this research suggest an established and growing U.S.
Creates awareness of the physical distribution network (system of facilities, transportation links, carriers and shipment management) and the capability to support the expanded shipping of soybeans in containers benefiting: 1) producers, cooperatives and smaller suppliers who normally cannot fulfill demand for large shipments via bulk vessels, 2) producers, cooperatives and smaller suppliers who are challenged by the volume requirements/availability of hopper cars or cannot ship by this mode to ports, and 3) overseas customers who want to deal with suppliers more directly linked to producers.
Pollock Logistics Consulting completed a study in 2005 for ASA/USBӳ Director of Trade Analysis to analyze and determine the cost effectiveness and sustainability of U.S. soybean and soybean meal (hereinafter, Գoybeansԩ exports via container-based shipping (vs. bulk vessel shipping. This analysis (reference [1]) determined the most probable logistics channels that can be utilized by interested parties to capitalize on this new export opportunity. It was also determined that the container logistics channel is feasible and sustainable.