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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Port of Oakland poised to benefit from trade pact with China on rice

From Customs Today:

The Port of Oakland believes a new trade pact with China will benefit its export business and provide more opportunities for truckers to haul rice to export overseas.

American rice exports could enter China as soon as 2018 after approval of a trade agreement last month. Port officials have said it is […]

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Columbia River ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs, impacts on other cargo

From the Daily News:

At least 870 jobs are directly tied to steel imports at the Ports of Kalama and Vancouver, so when President Trump starts talking about slapping tariffs on steel, Southwest Washington ports get understandably uneasy.

While the Trump administration delayed any decision on steel tariffs for several months, local ports and companies […]

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Old Longview grain terminal could be demolished, clearing space for future port tenant

From The Daily News:

After nearly 30 years of sitting vacant, the old grain silos at the Port of Longview could soon be torn down, opening up more space for the port to attract a new industrial tenant.

Contractors will evaluate whether there are any hazards or toxins in the silos that could affect demolition. […]

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Source: Trump drops plans for food aid shipping that would support American jobs

Excerpts from Reuters:

President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be transported on American ships after members of Congress protested, congressional and aid sources said on Friday.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump was considering issuing an order that would have increased to […]

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Appeals court clears Viterra in 2011 death of grain-terminal worker

From CBC/Radio-Canada:

Saskatchewan’s highest court has dismissed an appeal against a Regina-based agribusiness accused of negligence in the death of a worker in 2011.

Federal Crown prosecutors had charged Viterra — which has since been purchased by Glencore — with six violations of the Canada Labour Code.

On Sept. 8, 2011, a man working at […]

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Glencore CEO says Bunge not the only grain target for expanding in the Americas

From Seeking Alpha:

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg says that although an acquisition of Bunge would be a good fit for the company, it was not the only target on its radar in its effort to expand its presence in the Americas where it lacks scale.

Glasenberg refuses to say whether Glencore would launch a hostile […]

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Trump’s proposed budget would be ‘devastating’ for Northwest wheat growers

From Spokane Public Radio:

As much as 90 percent of Washington states wheat crop is exported to other nations. While the sale price was enough to make a good profit just a couple years ago, growers this year are seeing prices about a dollar below the break-even point for them, about 5 dollars a bushel.

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Bunge share price rallies amid merger talks

From the Western Producer:

Shares of Bunge Ltd rose to a 22 month peak May 24 after merger overtures by Glencore Plc.’s agriculture unit, which owns Viterra in Canada, whetted investors’ appetite for consolidation in the commodities sector.

News that Glencore Agriculture Ltd., jointly owned by Glencore and two Canadian pension funds, approached Bunge sparked […]

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17 people inside during fatal Wisconsin corn mill explosion; facility had been cited by OSHA

From the Seattle PI:

Authorities say there were 17 people not 16 inside the southern Wisconsin corn mill that exploded late Wednesday night. One person was killed and two people remain missing. Two workers were treated and released. Twelve were transported to hospitals via ambulances and medical flights.

Federal records show the Didion Milling Plant […]

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Port of Longview profits, cargo soar in first quarter

From The Daily News:

A surge in grain and potash exports in the first quarter helped more than double the Port of Longview’s profits compared to the same time last year.

Net income hit $3.4 million in the first three months of the year, up from $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, the […]

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Crews respond to fire at midwest Bunge Grain elevator

From WCCU:

Emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a fire on Coffeen Street in Homer, Illinois.

The Homer Fire Chief Don Happ tells Fox Illinois they believe the motor from an industrial fan started the fire at Bunge Grain on Coffeen Street.

Happ says 100,000 bushels of grain have been burned in the […]

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Report says Louis Dreyfus’ top North America grain trader to retire

From Reuters:

The head of grain trading in North America at commodity giant Louis Dreyfus Co will retire at the end of the month, two sources with direct knowledge of the move said on Thursday.

A global glut of grain supply, low prices and limited volatility have curbed margins for the past two years […]

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Port of Vancouver USA has record year for tonnage

From the Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver had a record year for tonnage last year, though imports and operating revenues are less glowing.

Port officials announced last week that nearly 7.5 million metric tons crossed its docks in 2016 — a 7.7 percent bump from the year prior. About 86 percent of that freight came […]

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Grain train derails at Bunge facility

Work crews try to get a train car uprighted Saturday afternoon after a derailment at Bunge Oilseed Processing. Photo by Chuck Samples/KVOE News.

Details are still pending after at least one and as many as three train cars overturned at Emporia, Kansas’ Bunge Oilseed Production facility recently.

KVOE News was told on site Saturday that […]

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Port of Longview busiest it’s been in at least 30 years; EGT sees best year so far

The Port of Longview, Wash., is the busiest it’s been in at least 30 years.

The Daily News of Longview said the port announced Wednesday that 8.3 million tons of cargo moved through its docks in 2016, thanks to shipments from the Export Grain Terminal (EGT).

The terminal moved 6.6 million tons of grain last […]

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