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Page 26 of 39 Its dedicated teams remain on call and, within 24 hours, can deploy to board a vessel arriving at any US port gateway and treat all hard surfaces and other areas to prevent infected crewmembers from spreading the virus. The ability to eradicate the virus quickly is critical to maintaining trade flows, particularly for time-sensitive perishable goods. Shannon Sked is director of Western Fumigation, which serves the eastern US and provides services for a range of customers and sectors, including import and export, food processing, and warehousing and storage. He noted that collaboration and close-working relationships with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other government agencies, including state and local, are essential to supporting the movement of cargo. It's a shared goal of protecting agriculture, international trade, and domestic industries. "Their mission is our mission," he said. Increasingly, that mission is taking on new parameters and oversight, especially as rules and regulations, such as the US Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), shifts more responsibilities to various stakeholders along the food supply chain. For example, compliance with the FSMA's Foreign Supplier Verification regulation is part of the food safety compliance regulations for US food importers, Sked explained. "We're ensuring and verifying that food safety programs are in place and effective, while information from the country of origin and other required information is available and accurate," he said. Expediting cargo while simultaneously developing new products is vital, Sked pointed out, and keeping cargo moving — and costs down — is top of mind for everyone. "We understand the need to reduce costly fees associated with inefficiencies and avoiding down time. There's a limited time period where cargo can go from one place to another before it needs to be on a ship and exported," he said. "Although we have to adhere to a lot of requirements, it's equally important to reduce the burden on the logistics providers and the port as much as possible." That means constantly exploring options near or at the port to properly and safely treat cargo, "because at the end of the day, the closer we can get our services to the cargo, the less disruption it causes and more seamless the process flow," Sked remarked. Looking ahead, "I think chemistry and technology development are going to be a big part of what we are facing on the fumigation side in the coming months," he said. For instance, "there are some novel chemistries that are in the registration process right now." Western Fumigation works with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service "to come up with new technologies, whether it's clean air technologies, recapturing systems, or new chemistries that don't have the same environmental profile as some of the chemistries that are on the market currently," he said. According to Sked, "When you consider the next 18 months to three years, I don't think our industry is going to look the same." A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT OF THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE May 24 2021 | 27 PHILADELPHIA TRADE & LOGISTICS © 2021 Ecolab USA Inc. All rights reserved. LEARN MORE AT: INFO: 1-800-796-9062 | Specialized expert fumigation: • Temperature-controlled Commodities • Import/Export and In-transit Shipboard • Spotted Lanternfly Treatments • Approved BMSB Treatment Provider • Disinfectant Treatments NEW PhilaPort facility offers secure drop off, and year-round treatment Trust Ecolab to Help You Win the Fight Against Pests

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