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.
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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.
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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.
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