Port dispute impacts North State exporters

Jan 16, 2015 8:04 PM

International agriculture exporters across the North State are having a hard time getting shipments out. A labor dispute between dockworkers and shippers in Oakland is backing up orders for packers.

Farmers International in Chico exports almonds to more than 60 countries around the world. Stacks of bagged almonds sit in warehouses because they have nowhere to go. The dispute at the port is hurting transportation companies, the packers, and their employees.

"Sometimes when we are able to ship they are not making it to the vessels on time and they are getting delayed. We are anchoring storage charges, some temporary charges, and delayed shipments making customers unhappy." says Mohnish Seth from Farmers International.

Farmers International has cut back on hours of operation as the product stacks up. Dockworkers and shippers have been in negotiations since Spring.


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