Union Pacific launches container service for distillers grains

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OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific has launched a new service that aims to route agricultural products into containers for shipment to Pacific Rim markets. The railroad’s “Plant to Port” program will see unit trains of distillers dried grains travel in covered hoppers to Yermo, Calif., then be transferred into containers for shipment through the Port of Long Beach, Calif.
 
“This new unit train service provides a first-of-its-kind, plant-to-port transportation solution for our DDG customers,” said Paul Hammes, UP’s vice president and general manager-agricultural products. He said other agricultural commodities will soon be able to use the service as well.
 
Distillers dried grains are a byproduct of the process of making ethanol from corn. The grains consist mostly of protein, which makes them valuable as animal feed.
 
Containers typically cross the Pacific loaded eastbound and empty westbound, so they represent a cost-effective way to get goods back to Asia.
 
UP will oversee the whole shipment, so customers can use the railroad as their sole point of contact for the freight movement.
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