The article is from the Aug. 17 USDA Grain Transportation Report

According to multiple port press releases in July, the California State Transportation Agency has awarded $735 million in grants to reduce emissions and streamline the movement of goods through the State’s ports.

The Port of Long Beach received $225 million for zero-emissions cargo-moving equipment and supportive infrastructure, and $158.4 million, for construction of an on-dock rail support facility, which will shift more cargo from trucks to on-dock rail.

The Port of Oakland received $40 million to convert diesel-powered cargo-handling equipment to zero emissions.

The port also received $28 million to repave berths 32-33 and remove grade differentials between adjacent terminals, for greater operational flexibility.

The Port of Los Angeles received $149.3 million to expand chassis and container storage for all 12 container terminals for both San Pedro Bay Ports, and $41.79 million, for upgrades to State Route 47.

West Coast ports are key agricultural export gateways.

Between 2018 and 2022, West Coast ports handled around 56 percent of total U.S. containerized agricultural exports. Soybeans and distillers’ dried grains were among the top containerized grain products