GREEN BAY, Wis. — Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, one of the largest dairy co-ops in the country, today applauded passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act by the House of Representatives.


The bill approved Monday, now headed to President Biden for signing, aims to reduce bottlenecks at U.S. ports that have impeded agricultural and other exports. Among other aspects, the legislation addresses exorbitant fees and cracks down on ocean carriers who refuse to ship agricultural goods.



“Trade is critical to the long-term strength of our dairy community. Providing more safeguards against unreasonable and unfair practices by shipping companies will help ensure our products get to market in a timely and affordable way,” Edge President Brody Stapel said. “Clearing out shipping backlogs is important to untwisting the supply chain and reducing costs for farmers, exporters and our customers. Edge greatly appreciates the bipartisan work to get this done, and we are thankful for the leadership of Representatives Dusty Johnson and John Garamendi and Senators John Thune and Amy Klobuchar.”

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