Press Release: Shelly Boshart Davis Talks Transportation with U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Shelly Boshart Davis Talks Transportation with U.S. Dept. of Commerce

ALBANY, Ore. – Last week, Shelly Boshart Davis, candidate for the Oregon Legislature in House District 15, was invited as an expert on transportation to discuss issues facing the Pacific Northwest’s ports with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Boshart Davis, along with other experts from around the Pacific Northwest, met in Seattle on April 20th for a morning meeting with Administration officials to talk about barriers to trade and how to improve trade and port productivity. As head of International Sales and Marketing for her family’s farm, she emphasized the need for our ports to be efficient and competitive:

“If people want an iPhone, they will pay what is charged for that brand. But in agriculture, we are mainly selling products with no brand, which can be purchased elsewhere in the U.S. or in the world. Our customers have options. If we can’t deliver dependable, affordable product, our customers go elsewhere, which damages our local economy and hurts families and communities.” 

The meeting covered the ailments left over from the 2014-2015 port shutdowns that left American ports looking unreliable. Other topics included:

·       Congestion

·       Ocean carrier rate increases

·       Trucking “Hours of Service” regulations

·       Marine terminal congestion and costs

·       Continuous operation of terminal gates to reduce emissions, costs, and driver turnover

“I have extensive experience and knowledge in transportation and trade and I look forward to taking these skills to Salem. Not only is my family’s livelihood linked to transportation, but many other Oregon farmers’ are too. Around 40% of Oregon agriculture is exported. We need leadership in the legislature that will make sure products can get to market and make Oregon competitive.”

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Dru Draper