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eNews • May 12, 2017
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Did You Know:

Number of Days to Transport Soybeans from Farm to Shanghai, China:

Iowa Farm to Shanghai, China (via Pacific Northwest)

  1. Truck from farm to country elevator: 2.1 hours (0.6 hours drive time + 1.5 hours wait time)
  2. Truck from country elevator to rail shuttle facility: 2.6 hours (1.1 hours drive time + 1.5 hours wait time)
  3. Rail from shuttle facility to export elevator: 4.3 days (82.8 hours travel time + 20 hours wait time)
  4. Export elevator: 6.5 days (84 hours wait time + 72 hours load ocean vessel)
  5. Export elevator to Shanghai, China: 17.65 days

Total transit time: 28.6 days (687.1 hours)

Iowa Farm to Shanghai, China (via Mississippi Gulf)

  1. Truck from farm to country elevator: 2.1 hours (0.6 hours drive time + 1.5 hours wait time)
  2. Truck from country elevator to barge loading facility: 2.6 hours (1.1 hours drive time + 1.5 hours wait time)
  3. Barge from river terminal to export terminal: 12.9 days (262.5 hours travel time + 48 hours wait time)
  4. Export elevator: 6.5 days (84 hours wait time + 72 hours load ocean vessel)
  5. Export elevator to Shanghai, China: 29.8 days

Total transit time: 49.4 days (1,186.5 hours)

Source: “Farm to Market: A Soybean’s Journey” (Funded by the Soybean Checkoff)

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The Soy Transportation Coalition is comprised of thirteen state soybean boards, the American Soybean Association, and the United Soybean Board. The National Grain and Feed Association and the National Oilseed Processors Association serve as ex-officio members of the organization.

Soy Transportation Coalition
1255 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy., Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: (515) 727-0665 Fax (515) 251-8657
Email msteenhoek@soytransportation.org
Web www.soytransportation.org

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