It's not easy being an agriculture exporter these days. Along with the problems facing all international shippers (such as container shortages and rising rates), shippers of agricultural products—vegetables, fruit, grains, cotton, and the like—must also deal with product-specific regulations, quality and safety standards, perishability, quotas, and fluctuating commodity pricing.
If you manage transportation and logistics for agricultural products, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition is there to help. Among other activities, the group, which is led by trade expert (and DCV Thought Leader) Peter A. Friedmann, organizes a conference each year, where attendees can get advice, answers, and a look at what's ahead.
This year's event, the group's 24th annual conference, is slated for June 9 and 10 in San Francisco. Sessions will include a panel discussion on how importers and exporters are addressing transportation problems such as poor service; a carrier panel on rates, capacity, and equipment; a look at China's growing appetite for U.S. ag products; and a practical guide to dealing with the current shortage of ocean containers. For more information or to register for the conference, go to www.agtrans.org.