Shipper Perspectives: Finding Creative Export Solutions in the Midst of Turmoil
Exporters faced a litany of disruptive issues in 2020, as demand for imports and a wide gap in freight rates on the inbound vs. outbound leg created equipment shortages in the interior and a fight for capacity. Even when agricultural and other exporters in the US interior could find their way to the West Coast, congestion and tight capacity meant cargo often didn’t make the ship on which it was booked. Situations like these call for creative, and in some cases, unprecedented, solutions to ensure outbound shipments reached their destination. For the Anderson Cos. that meant changing routing to the East or Gulf Coast on the fly when it was evident that a carrier couldn’t commit to a booking made through Los Angeles-Long Beach. In this session, April Zobel, export traffic manager at The Andersons, will sit down with JOC senior editor Bill Mongelluzzo to discuss the unique challenges exporters faced in 2020, the creative solutions April and her team worked to ensure fluidity, and how the landscape has changed, perhaps forever.