Whether your fresh produce travels by truck, rail, ship or air, costs and complications are increasing, according to the Agriculture Transportation Coalition.
Tips on containing costs and meeting regulations are on the agenda for the coalition’s 25th annual meeting June 13-14 in San Francisco. Registration details are available on the coalition website at www.agtrans.org.
An off-the-record session for coalition members only is scheduled on transportation best practices and will include comments from Gene Seroka, president of APL Americas, Scottsdale, Ariz. He is scheduled to meet with shippers regarding documentation practices and what carriers and shippers need from each other.
A general session featuring a panel of five leading ag exporters is scheduled to provide information on the shipper’s perspective, including strategies, challenges, container availability, rail service and truck shortages. Lynette Keffer, owner of J&K Fresh LLC, Inglewood, Calif., is among the panelists.
The carrier perspective will be discussed immediately following the shippers’ panel. It will include Brian Conrad with information about the TransPacific Stabilization Agreement.
Agenda items for day two of the annual event include a general session presentation, “U.S. Ag Export Outlook — What Comes Next?” Chief economist Walter Kemmsies from Moffatt & Nichol, Long Beach, Calif., will provide insight into international shipping issues.
Truck transportation and rail service for agricultural products are also on the second day’s agenda. New hours-of-service rules for truck drivers and issues about drayage truckers’ access to ports are scheduled to be included in the discussion.
A workshop on export compliance is also scheduled. The session is scheduled to cover shipping to a new country and load security options.