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Shipping costs have increased at alarming rates, threatening global ag commodity trade and other economic sectors that depend on barge transportation to reach end-users. One report showed container shipping costs increased 145% on routes from Asia to the West Coast. High prices and a battle to secure containers have caused food retailers to delay purchases, bulk buy supplies or just cancel altogether. Container shortages quickly became apparent during Covid-19 supply chain disruptions as the average container turnaround time increased from 60 days to 100 days. An estimated 170 million shipping containers are used to transport around 90% of the world’s tradeable goods. Find out how digital platforms may help cut out the middle man and revolutionize the global shipping industry.


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