Ag groups want legal action on rail storage fees

Concerns over railroad storage fees have gotten the attention of several ag groups, and they are asking congressional leaders to investigate.

Railroads often bring goods inland from ocean ports. If a container is delayed, storage charges must be paid directly to the railroad by the purchaser in order to release that order. They say while the Federal Maritime Commission has jurisdiction over ocean shipping practices, it is unclear if it has the authority over rail storage charges.

More than 50 groups, including the National Pork Producers Council, are asking for clarification on those fees, saying they have been harmful to U.S. businesses.