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Title:Marketing U.S. Grain and Oilseed by Container
Authors:Kimberly Vachal
Publication Date:Sep 2014
Report #:DP-272
TRID #:01539464
Keywords:containerization, container traffic, grain, market assessment, port traffic, railroad traffic
Type:Research Report – Department Publications


Shipping grain in containers has been increasingly used as a shipment option by U.S. exporters. Continued evolution and investment in this relatively young industry may open additional opportunities for the grain industry. Grain shipping by container faces challenges in optimizing multimodal operations and investment decisions in a dynamic market environment that is heavily influenced by international shipping decisions. Analysis of rail and port container traffic activity was conducted to gain insight into market activities, trends, and opportunities for marketing grain internationally via container. The ability of the U.S. grain industry to understand and successfully respond to market signals is a key in continued growth for the container transportation marketing alternative.

How to Cite

Vachal, Kimberly. Marketing U.S. Grain and Oilseed by Container, DP-272. North Dakota State University, Fargo: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, 2014.

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