Container shipAfter nearly a week of protests and picketing at the Port of Oakland, work has resumed. While this is positive news for the third busiest U.S. port on the west coast, concerns still loom about how the stoppage will affect exports, particularly meat, due to congestion and backlogs. The Port of Oakland represents 66% of U.S. beef exports and 70% of pork. A specific backlog concern is with high-value chilled, which would diminish significantly in value should they need to be frozen due to delays.

While the stopped officially ended on July 25th, protests have continued in what is deemed “free-speech” zones.

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