On June 2, 2022, the Port of Oakland announced that it would be partnering with the federal government to provide financial assistance to agriculture exporters. This is good news for producers who ship their products from the Port of Oakland. The goal of this aid is to ease supply chain disruptions that agriculture exporters have experienced for the past year.
The program will work by providing payments directly to farm producers shipping their goods overseas. Funds are available to exporters using the container ports in Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma.
Funds from USDA would be distributed to agriculture exporters in the following manner:
- $200 for every container of farm goods they export.
- $400 per container for exporters using refrigerated containers for perishable commodities
- An extra $125 for every empty container they pick up at a designated Oakland storage depot.
Through this partnership with USDA the Port of Oakland will also be opening a temporary pop-up yard to help agriculture exporters. The announcement of this pop-up yard comes at a good time to justify the continuation of the port priority use designation.
Learn more about this program here.
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