Decline in Food Aid Volumes: Impact on Ports

U.S. farmers and agribusinesses have already had to adjust to declining purchases of U.S. food aid by the U.S. Government – from 5 million metric tons in 2002 to 1.4 million in 2012– meaning less food aid is being sent through U.S. ports to go overseas.

U.S. Port Exports FY 2003-FY 2012

Yet ports have continued to thrive. Major ports used by the U.S. Government to export food aid – e.g. New Orleans, Houston-Galveston, and Norfolk - have in fact increased their overall tonnage exported from 2003-2012, in some cases doubling or tripling their tonnage exported.

Source: MARAD [Excel]

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Last updated: March 05, 2014

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