White House Announces Immediate and Near-Term Steps to Address Supply Chain Issues

Immediate and near-term steps to ease supply chain issues were announced Nov. 9 by the White House.

One immediate step includes funding a Georgia Port Authority pop-up container yard project to alleviate congestion at the Port of Savannah.

This project will allow the Georgia Port Authority to reallocate more than $8 million to convert existing inland facilities into five pop-up container yards in Georgia and North Carolina.

Under the plan, the Port of Savannah will transfer containers via rail and truck farther inland so that they can be closer to their destination.

Near-term steps include:

Launching programs to modernize ports and marine highways with more than $240 million in grant funding in the next 45 days;

Identifying projects for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction at coastal ports and inland waterways in the next 60 days (including a roadmap for more than $4 billion in funding to repair outdated infrastructure and deepen harbors for larger cargo ships);

Prioritizing key ports for modernization and expansion in the next 90 days; and

Announcing more than $475 million in additional funding for port and marine highway infrastructure in the next 90 days.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Nov. 25, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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