US West coast delays prompt export diversification

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US food and farm goods shippers are considering alternatives to West Coast ports due to ongoing problems, even after congestion has eased and a labour deal has been reached. JBS USA, a major meat packer, is looking to move products through East Coast ports to avoid West Coast delays. While the West Coast still dominates beef exports, other ports are gaining market share. In 2022, beef exports from the West Coast declined by 14%, while the East Coast saw a 6% increase and Gulf Coast ports experienced a substantial 62% jump. JBS plans to consolidate refrigerated exports at five centres and open a new centre in Colorado to improve flexibility and utilize intermodal services connecting Denver to the Port of Houston. These changes reflect a shift in the industry’s distribution strategies and transportation directions.

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