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Hapag-Lloyd suspends ag container shipments
HAMBURG, GERMANY - The German international shipping and transportation company Hapag-Lloyd has informed
exporters it is suspending overseas ag container shipments
from North America.
The US-based Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance (SSGA)
said the decision is being driven by "hard economics during a time of unprecedented demand for higher-value North
American consumer imports by containers from Asia at premium prices."
SSGA said it received reports that Hapag-Lloyd has decided
it needs to quickly reposition empty containers back to Asian
shipping centers, even if it means forgoing hauling critical
food and agriculture products back to manufacturers overseas.
It added that the decision "could cause major hardships
within the entire US agriculture community."
SSGA said its members in the Upper Midwest, including
shippers of bulk and identity-preserved (IP) soybeans and
specialty grains, note the decision will especially hit exporters hard in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. The strong Twin
Cities market frequently finds itself short of inbound containers to meet demand and has long relied on Hapag-Lloyd's services to reposition containers for exports.
"Hapag-Lloyd has been one of the most reliable and

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dependable carriers for rural, inland ag shippers, so this announcement is devastating and shocking," said Bob Sinner,
president of North Dakota-based SB&B Foods and chair of
SSGA's competitive shipping action team.
According to available information from the global trade
data company Panjiva, as read by SSGA, Hapag-Lloyd delivered 878 shipments of US bulk soybeans at a volume of more
than 17,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) between
Oct. 22, 2019, and Sept. 25, 2020, to destinations around the
world. The majority went to Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong,
Taiwan and Malaysia, as well as to Thailand and South Korea.
Over that same span there have been 172 shipments of IP nonGMO food-grade specialty soybeans at a volume of 780 TEU.
"This disrupts the food supply chain," Sinner said, noting
that consumption of soy foods has been strong throughout the
COVID-19 pandemic and that worldwide food inventories are
low. "Companies in those countries rely on us for their food
manufacturing. We've got our new crop harvested and we're
making significant and consistent bookings with carriers to
get our products shipped quickly and as soon as possible."
SSGA said the move by Hapag-Lloyd poses an ominous
sign for US agriculture exporters if other ocean carriers decide to follow suit or delay ag shipments.

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