NMPF praises pop-up storage at West Coast ports
There is a new partnership between the USDA and the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
It is starting with pop-up containers at ports in Seattle and Oakland. They provide both dry and refrigerated storage for overseas exports.
Tony Rice with the National Milk Producers Federation praises the partnership and says the hope is the program will help curb shipping issues at least in the short term.
“What these pop-ups do is provide a set location – at least temporarily – where exporters know there should be containers available, and the one in Seattle-Tacoma seems to be working well so far. We’ve been really supportive and we’ve heard feedback from our membership, who represents dairy cooperatives as well as proprietary companies, that these are the types of things they need. And although it’s not a one-shot, catch-all solution, it’s one that does provide some alleviation – at least in the short term.”
Northwest dairy farmers account for about 17 percent of all milk production in the U.S.