The U.S. Grains Council delivered a letter of request to the Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Kunihiko Muroi, advising for an early launch of the Ministry’s project to expand its ports to accommodate Post-Panamax class vessels. Japan is the largest export market for U.S. corn and among the top for other U.S. agricultural products. The expansion of Japan’s import capacity is crucial for expanding U.S. markets and would also reduce transportation costs. This added capacity will become increasingly important when the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2014.
Panamax vessels generally have an overall length of 950 feet and width of 106 feet, but their size is limited by the length and width of the available lock chambers, by the depth of the water in the Canal, by and the height of the Bridge of the Americas.
The Council’s corn mission visited the Port of Kushiro, Japan’s largest port facility.… Continue readingRead More »