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Walnut Exporters Are Looking For Ways Around Clogged California Port

  • Farm groups fed up with Oakland port seek alternate trade path
  • Oakland exports fell about 30% in July, most since 1997
The Port of Oakland in Oakland, California.

The Port of Oakland in Oakland, California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US nut exporters -- fed up with delays at California’s Port of Oakland -- are in talks with top steamship and rail carriers for a new trade route to get their products overseas. 

Northern California farm groups -- including those representing walnut, wine and rice shippers -- have had discussions with BNSF Railway Co., the largest US railway, CMA CGM SA, the world’s No. 3 container-shipping line, as well as state officials on a plan to haul containers from California’s Central Valley to the biggest US port in Los Angeles, said Rachel Campbell, a spokesperson for the maritime operation.