Although Brazil is improving its export infrastructure, a truckload of Brazilian soybeans still travels 28 times as far to market as it does in the U.S., says Ken Eriksen, senior vice president, Informa Economics (an average of 1,000 miles in Brazil vs. 35 miles in the U.S.). Still, the U.S. soybean-export infrastructure is a weak link between increasing U.S. soybean exports beyond the $74 billion they add to the U.S. economy.
A public/private funding effort could be one way to resolve U.S. transportation infrastructure problems in the face of dwindling Corps budgets, says newly released Illinois Soybean Association studies.
Modal usage in Brazil to transport soybeans followed the same trend as the U.S. between 2005 and 2010. Improving each mode's efficiency in the U.S. is key to maintain a competitive edge over growing transportation systems such as Brazil’s.
These Illinois Soybean Association studies’ figures demonstrate soybean export transportation’s vital role in economic vitality. Click to download a larger pdf.
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