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Ships pile up on the river / Cargo slow to arrive

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

Written by cradut

January 26th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

The Trans Pacific Partnership has been under wraps for years. The clock starts now on ratification.

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.

Written by cradut

November 5th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Suggestions for changes on collective bargaining model

Written by cradut

November 6th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

2014 – West Coast Ports Contract Negotiations

From The Maritime Executive (

West Coast Port Contract Negotiations Commence
Will it be smooth sailing for supply chain stakeholders?

Click below link for full story.

Written by cradut

June 4th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Another day at the office

OMIC Portland Branch Inspector observing grain that is being loaded on a Panamax type vessel on the Columbia River.

The Columbia Snake River system is a vital transportation link for the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The economies of these four states rely on the trade and commerce that flows up and down the most important commercial waterway of the Northwest. The PNW region exports around 10 million metric tons of wheat annually, to various areas around the world primarily to Japan, the Philippines, Korea and Taiwan. There are several other customers which in a given year, depending on price relationships, will buy from the PNW, including Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and some to South American countries.

If you are in the grain export business, working outside chasing ships up and down the river is one of the highlights. Though the schedule is difficult and the job is 24/7, being able to work in and around the Pacific Northwest, a diverse geographic region, dominated by several mountain ranges, with lots of great outdoor activities and scenic landscapes, well that makes it all worth it.

Check out our Map of the PNW Export Elevators at the follwoing link:

OMIC inspection and testing services fulfill requirements in various fields associated with the import and export of such commodities as agricultural products, processed foods, minerals and chemicals, and plant equipment. Sampling and testing operations are conducted in accordance with relevant standards established by international organizations, designated nations, and etcetera.

Certificates issued by OMIC are indispensable to such business transactions such as L/C negotiations. The following represent a portion of the inspection services that OMIC USA and its affiliates offer at most major ports worldwide:

Quality & Quantity Inspections
Sampling, Vessel Cargo Hold & Container Inspections, Loading, Discharging & Distribution Supervision, Marine & Insurance Surveys, Stowage & Packacking Inspections, Engineering Inspections

Contact the OMIC Inspections Division

Mailing Address: OMIC USA Inc. 3344 NW Industrial St. Portland, Oregon 97210
Telephone: 503.223.1497 (Extension 23)
Fax: 503.223.9436
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