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Agriculture Press Release

February 24, 1999

Workshop Set on New Ocean Shipping Regulations

TALLAHASSEE The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Ocean Transportation Coalition (AgOTC) will conduct a workshop on the new Ocean Shipping Reform Act on Thursday, March 18, in Vero Beach. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Indian River Citrus League, 7925 20th Street, Vero Beach.

The new Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which takes effect on May 1, 1999, will change the way Florida agriculture shippers (exporters and importers) and their service providers deal with ocean carriers and move their products overseas. The interactive workshop is designed to provide shippers of agricultural products with the information needed to remain competitive under the new law.

The agenda includes an overview of the Act, a forecast of shipping capacity availability and rates in the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean, the new role of shippers associations, and how to negotiate service contracts.

This is one of three regional workshops sponsored by USDAs Transportation and Marketing Division and the AgOTC, a national association of agriculture shippers. Cosponsors include Florida Citrus Packers and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The fee for the workshop, which includes lunch and all materials, is $55 for AgOTC members and $75 for non-members. For information, contact the AgOTC at (415) 292-6222.

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For more information:

Ag Ocean Transport. Coalition
(415) 292-6222


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