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Title:U.S. Containerized Grain & Oilseed Exporters: Industry Profile and Survey, Phase II
Authors:Heidi Reichert, Kimberly Vachal, and Tamara VanWechel
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Jul 2003
Report #:MPC-03-151
Project #:MPC-203
TRID #:00964108
Keywords:containerization, container terminals, costs, distance, exports, freight transportation, grain, international trade, marketing, ocean liners, ocean shipping, profitability, profits, rates, routes, shipping, surveys



Containerization has evolved from an industry serving niche markets to an industry creating niche market opportunities. While grain and oilseed industry is dominated by bulky, homogenized product marketing that is heavily reliant on economies of scale in delivering competitively priced commodities, technological advances, foreign market privatization, and declining global market transaction costs have supported diversification of this industry in niche markets such as small-volume containerized products. The findings of this research suggest an established and growing U.S. shipper population is active in marketing containerized grains and oilseed products.

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