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Heads up! -- Midwest Shippers, USSEC 2016 international conference announcement pending (02/01/2016)

Watch your in-box over the next two days for the first official announcement of the location and dates for the 2016 joint international soy and specialty grains conference to be co-hosted again by the Midwest Shippers Association and the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

China slow in tackling new container weight vessel shipping rules - JOC (02/01/2016)

It’s not only in the U.S. where shippers are concerned about how the pending new mandatory container weight reporting regulations will be implemented. The Journal of Commerce (JOC) reported last week that China’s huge container shipping industry seems well behind in gearing up for the new rules that are to be in place worldwide next July.

New tests needed to detect GM soy variety, says Cert ID (02/01/2016)

New GM crops such as CV127 soybean, grown in Brazil, are not detectable with older testing methods, and food producers must update their testing protocols to avoid GM ingredients going undetected and undeclared in the food chain, according to Cert ID Europe.

USDA Ag secretary can’t find common ground among activists, industry on GE/GMO labeling - FSN (02/01/2016)

Activists and industry reps sat down twice with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last month to see if they could find a compromise about labeling food processed with genetic engineering. No compromise could be found, and it’s unlikely there will be a third meeting, Food Safety News (FSN) reported late last week.

Northwest Seaport Alliance container volume tops 3.5 million in 2015 (02/01/2016)

Container volumes through the ports of Seattle and Tacoma - now jointly called the Northwest Seaport Alliance - were up 4 percent year-over-year, handling more than 3.5 million TEUs in 2015.

Prince Rupert Port container volumes increase in 2015 (02/01/2016)

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Prince Rupert Port Authority announced on Jan. 22 that a 26% surge in container volumes and the continued success of grain and wood pellet terminals at the Port of Prince Rupert helped stabilize overall 2015 results in the wake of declining coal volumes and international commodity markets.

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