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New Whitepaper Examines the Opportunities and Challenges for Containerized Ag Exports

November 12, 2013

PIERS, the Standard in Trade Intelligence, and The Journal of Commerce are offering a new whitepaper available for free download that examines the opportunities and challenges faced by U.S. agriculture producers looking to take advantage of containerized exports.

 US Containerized Agriculture Exports

While this year’s corn and wheat harvest are expected to reach record levels, a small but growing number of exporters face the perennial problem of equipment shortages, because their crops are grown in rural areas that aren’t major destinations for import containers that can be used for exports.

The whitepaper titled U.S. Agriculture Exports: Opportunities & Challenges for Containerized Shippers was designed to give agriculture producers, food companies, and those servicing the agricultural supply chain, insight into how companies like Maersk, BNSF, Archer Daniels Midland and Home Depot are looking to help ease these shortages through “import-steering” or “match-back’ programs.

When carriers and cargo interests that control as much freight as those companies do are able to coordinate their supply chain needs, every participant is a winner. “Everyone benefits when waste is taken out of the system,” said Craig Mygatt, Maersk’s senior vice president of inland operations.

Get a better understanding of how these trends affect the global supply chain and download your FREE report today!

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U.S. Imports of Brazilian Corn Continue into Late 2013

November 5, 2013

Following one of the worst droughts in U.S. history in 2012, U.S. imports of corn from Brazil can still be seen as late as August and September of this year, while this year’s harvest is slow to fill the gap between supply and demand.

Global Corn Trade

As previously reported by Reuters, rumors of the rare imports of this U.S. staple began surfacing last July as domestic corn prices soared. By late September deals had been confirmed by several large livestock companies calling for a series of bulk shipments from Brazil in subsequent months. Despite initial estimates on how much Brazilian corn would be needed, PIERS data shows bulk shipments of corn to major chicken producers like Pilgrim’s Pride Corp as late as August 30th, and other bulk shipments destined for Panamerican Grain in Puerto Rico arriving in early October. Prior to 2012, bulk U.S. imports of corn were rare, if ever, and usually came from Canada.

In what should be a reminder that global trade is ever-changing and often unpredictable, PIERS data shows that the U.S. has imported nearly 725,000 metric tons of corn from Brazil since the beginning of the 2012 drought through September 30, 2013. And while Brazil stuck out as the primary beneficiary of the U.S. supply shortage, there was also an additional 185,000 metric tons of corn imported from Brazil’s South American neighbor Argentina.

According to Reuters, John Prestage of Prestage Farms stated that prices could be as much as 5% lower to import corn from Brazil than to transport it from the Midwest. He noted his increasing interest in possibly importing other grains beside corn in the future.

So far things are looking up for this year’s harvest. The U.S. remains the world’s largest producer of corn and favorable weather conditions have estimated the U.S. harvest will jump 30% over last year, putting them at record levels, which could give U.S. corn exports a price advantage over global competitors.

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PIERS Offers a U.S. Agriculture Export Snapshot Report

September 13, 2012

Wheat, corn, soybeans – we have a comprehensive database of international trade activity for them all! PIERS has issued an exclusive report titled PIERS 1H-2012 U.S. Agriculture Export Snapshot Report that documents agriculture export volume from Q1 2007 through Q2 2012. The report is now available for free download.

With frequent access to PIERS data, you can track and analyze the U.S. supply chain and understand the movement of agriculture commodities with export activity by shipper, destination, commodity and more!

Register to download your exclusive and complimentary copy of the PIERS 1H-2012 U.S. Agriculture Export Snapshot Report to learn more about this market segment, ascertain emerging trends and assist in future strategic business decisions. Interested in learning more on how to keep your eye on agricultural imports and exports? Visit PIERS at booth # 214 at the 7th Annual Soy & Grain Trade Summit in New Orleans, September 17 – 19.

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