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This has been a bad winter all around, bad for commuters bad for public services workers and bad for grain deliveries, and it still continues into the month of March. Click below for further information.
Bad weather delays grain ships on Columbia River
Export grain buyers shifting to Gulf ports as PNW delays persist
January 26, 2017
The unusually brutal 2017 winter weather has caused havoc for people on the roads as well as ship traffic. We’ve seen schools and businesses close as a result of hazardous road conditions. We’ve also had to deal with inspection cancellations, and high congestion on the Columbia River. Ships battle the harsh winter seas to get to the entrance of the river and then forced to start drifting outside for days, while agents frantically work to find an anchorage spot. Meanwhile vessels that make it in end up laying idle for weeks because terminals are not receiving cargo due to trains and trucks inability to move because of heavy snow and freezing conditions. There are reports of rail tracks covered in high snow with instances of rail cars actually being buried halfway in deep snow. The waiting time for vessels on the river this winter has been as much as 30 days with some ships having to wait even longer. Adding insult to injury the Columbia Snake River System (CSRS) has scheduled closures for extended maintenance this year through March 20, 2017 during which time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make essential renovations to all the navigation locks on the Columbia River and the Snake River. No barge traffic will be able to pass during this time.
Some news links below further explain the situation with some information of the NW grain market
Mother Nature Unkind to Grain Shippers, End Users, Exporters
Storms slow delivery of goods, ships stacked up on Columbia River
Columbia River Snake River System
Northwest grain market summary
From Tri-state Neighbor
Current events regarding wheat harvest and Columbia River maintenance. Click on links below
USW readies customers for Columbia Snake River System upgrade
Elevators grapple with wheat storage
Record crops, low prices lead to biggest sustained Kansas wheat harvest in many years
From around the web. Click on below direct link to the entire article.
Japan, South Korea halt wheat imports over G.M.O. concerns
Unapproved GMO Wheat Found Growing in Washington State
Japan’s corn imports increase
Click on below link for news article
US Wheat Associates – Wheat Letter – February 25, 2016
From: Pujet Sound Business Journal
Study: Washington state lost $769.5 million during dock slowdowns last year
Portland longshore workers paid $1.2 million to not work at Port of Portland
As per the Washington Post, you can now read the text of a major Trans-Pacific trade deal. Read this explainer about the TPP first.
From the Washington Post website:
The Trans Pacific Partnership has been under wraps for years. The clock starts now on ratification.