RELIEF is coming to growers who ship farm produce via Oakland, with the port declaring it's working with the federal government to provide financial aid, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
It's meant to ease issues of a year-long supply chain disruption that's impeding farm trade. The port added that restoration of vessel service is critical to resolving Oakland's supply chain challenges.
Ocean carriers have been skipping Oakland due to vessel logjams in Southern California.
"Our partnership with the USDA to open a temporary pop-up yard will go a long way in helping ag exporters," said Port of Oakland maritime director Bryan Brandes.
"At the same time, we still need the shipping lines to bring back vessel service to Oakland to address the high demand of export volume."
The port declared the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) would make direct payments to farm producers shipping overseas.
The programme is available to exporters using container ports in Oakland, Seattle or Tacoma.
Said agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack: "Both the Port of Oakland and the Northwest Seaport Alliance in Seattle have been identified as key gateways for American-grown agricultural commodities, and each has experienced significant challenges with the flow of containerized agricultural commodities and products."
"While USDA's per-container reimbursements will not cover the full cost of moving and storing shipping containers, the assistance provided will help ensure American-grown agricultural products can once again efficiently move through supply chains to reach global markets," Mr Vilsack said.