The labor strike in the Port of Vancouver, Washington could threaten transportation of Midwestern grain during the harvest. Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition says the strike has been going on for several months, but operations continued as company workers filled in. However, the lock out is finally reaching a breaking point.
He says if grain inspections come to a halt so does the movement of U.S. grain and soybeans to export customers. That is a concern with harvest just weeks away.
Steenhoek says the lockout would also negatively impact exports of corn and wheat. Roughly 40-percent of U.S. wheat exports and 20-percent of corn exports go through the Pacific Northwest ports.