USDA Announces Partnership with Northwest Seaport

In an effort to ease congestion at ports, USDA is partnering with Northwest Seaport Alliance to preposition containers of ag goods near the port terminals at Seattle and Tacoma. A press release from USDA says the Farm Service Agency will pay agriculture companies and cooperatives to preposition containers at popup sites near the ports. FSA will pay $200 per dry containers and $400 per refrigerated container to help cover the additional logistical costs. This partnership is similar to the USDA’s partnership with the Port of Oakland in California and the Department so Transporation’s partnership with the Port of Savannah in Georgia.