US broiler exporters face shortage of refrigerated shipping containers
During recent weeks, US broiler exporters have
experienced delays and disruption of export orders due to a shortage of
refrigerated shipping containers.
These disruptions have been attributed to the increased volume of trade
occasioned by the lower US dollar relative to other currencies.
Additionally, shipping lines have diverted containers to intra-Asia trade
and to more profitable cargos.
The problem may reduce the volume of product shipped from the US. In
February 2008, 258,000 mln t of US broiler parts, predominantly leg quarters,
was consigned with a value of $248 mln. These figures were respectively 13% and
38% higher than for the corresponding month in 2007.
Commodity groups are meeting to attempt to resolve the growing problem but
the government intervention is not anticipated.
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