USDA Weekly Grain Transportation Highlights

<div><font face="arial"><b>USDA Weekly Grain Transportation Highlights</b><br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="arial"><img src=""></font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><u><font face="arial">DOT Requests Information on America?s Transportation Supply Chains </font></u></div><font face="arial">On September 16, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a notice requesting information from the public to prepare a report required by President Biden?s recent executive order (EO) on ?America?s Supply Chains.? Per the EO, the Secretary of Transportation must submit to the President, within 1 year, a report on transportation-sector supply chains. Incorporating the work of the President?s Supply Chains Disruption Task Force, DOT?s report will focus on the freight and logistics sector, with the aim of increasing resilience among transportation supply chains. With a deadline of October 18, DOT requests ?practical solutions? from a broad range of stakeholders to address current and future supply-chain resilience challenges in the freight and logistics sector. To the extent possible, DOT will consider comments received after the October 18 deadline. Instructions for submitting comments are available here.<br></font><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><u><font face="arial">Department of Defense Has Approved Inland Waterways Users Board To Resume Operations </font></u></div><font face="arial">The Department of Defense (DoD) recently approved the Inland Waterways Users Board (IWUB) to resume its operations, pending DoD?s further instructions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). After suspending IWUB in February, DoD conducted a systematic review to ensure IWUB?s efforts remained focused on the most pressing strategic priorities of the National Defense Strategy. As a legislative advisory committee, IWUB recommends (to USACE and Congress) investment priorities using resources from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (Fund) and monitors the Fund. USACE?s director of Civil Works serves as IWUB executive director. The assistant secretary of the Army for the Civil Works serves as IWUB?s interagency observer, along with representatives of the Maritime Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and USDA.<br></font><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><u><font face="arial">Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Unveil Plan To Reduce Congestion </font></u></div><div><font face="arial">The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recently announced they will expand the hours during which trucks can pick up and return containers. Offered on a pilot basis, the expanded hours will be monitored to ensure gate availability meets cargo demand. The extra hours will improve terminal efficiency by maximizing nighttime operation at Long Beach and expanding weekend gate hours at Los Angeles. Besides expanding hours of operation as described, the ports are working closely with the White House Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to alleviate bottlenecks and expedite the movement of goods. The ports expect their actions to expand opportunities for U.S. exporters, including agricultural producers. Approximately 30 percent of containerized agricultural exports move through the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex.</font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><font face="arial"><br>lj<br></font>