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Supply Chain News: L.A./Long Beach Backlog Clears

Courtesy of Michael Best Strategies -
Some really good news you may have missed during the upheaval over the potential rail strike. On November 23, the account that tracks the number of ships in and around the Ports of LA and Long Beach declared the backlog over. The pending queue at the two ports hit zero for the first time since October 2020, although there was a queue of 59 ships across other ports on the East and Gulf coasts. But that's nothing compared to what we saw last year. But it's possible that chaos created a shift. The Port of New York and New Jersey, for instance, which benefitted from the West Coast port chaos, is fighting to keep those customers heading east.

The time it takes for a container to cross the Pacific remained flat at 75 days, which is still above slightly above pre-pandemic levels. The price to ship a container from Shanghai to LA is all the way down to $2,069, nearly back to the pre-pandemic level (it was $5,562 on September 1).


Washington State’s Green New Deal

Washington state has passed several laws and adopted numerous regulations designed to achieve its aggressive goal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. But is this doable? And at what cost to Washington citizens and businesses? Executives from a gas association and an electric utility association and a state senator identify key areas of concern with the Washington strategy in this article from Capital Press.


FDA Food Traceability Rule Webinar – December 7th @ 10:00 am PST

The FDA will hold an informational webinar on December 7 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PST on its recently released Food Traceability final rule issued under FSMA. FDA will provide an overview of the rule, explain what foods and entities are covered and what are exempt, and discuss the recordkeeping requirements.

To register for the event, visit Register for the Webinar.


Decarbonization Road Mapping Webinar – December 8th @ 9:00 am PST

As companies develop ambitious carbon reduction goals, they will need a plan or roadmap to guide them in achieving those reductions. This free ENERGY STAR webinar will explore the process and approaches two ENERGY STAR partner companies are using to develop corporate and site level decarbonization road maps. To register for this event, visit Decarbonization Road Mapping


The 2022 Business & the Environment Conference Dec. 6-7

Food Northwest is pleased to be a Supporting Sponsor of the 2022 Business & The Environment: Conference • Expo. This annual event is presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council and takes place at the Holiday Inn Portland Columbia Riverfront on December 6-7. This unique conference brings together regulated companies, municipalities, environmental consultants, attorneys, and regulators for learning, networking, and business development. This conference is a must-attend event to learn more about environmental compliance.

For conference details, visit https://businessandenvironment.comMembers of Food Northwest receive a 20% discount off the standard registration. Use comp code FOODNW22.

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