There’s a labor contract dispute going on right now in a bunch of West Coast ports — Los Angeles, Long Beach, etc. — between major shipping companies and the longshoremen they employ. It’s actually been dragging on since May, and the resultant strikes and work stoppages have ground exports to a crawl. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for Japan to get their potatoes, and…well…they really, really love American potatoes in Japan.
That’s OK – I’ll just take more gravy and cheese curds on my poutine 😉