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SEA-LAND SHIPS CONTAINERS OF DEHYDRATED POTATOES FROM IDAHO TO RUSSIA

SEA-LAND SHIPS CONTAINERS OF DEHYDRATED POTATOES FROM IDAHO TO RUSSIA
 BOISE, Idaho, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Led by a state police escort, a convoy of trucks left here today with five Sea-Land containers of dehydrated potatoes that are being given to Russia.
 The 100 tons of potato flakes, a gift to the people of Russia from Idaho, are destined to reach Russian hospitals, schools, orphanages and needy families next month.
 They were loaded into the containers at eight Idaho food processing plants in the southeastern section of the state and brought to a truck stop here this afternoon, where another 1,300 pounds of relief food collected by the Idaho Air National Guard were added to the containers.
 The donated potatoes were collected this week by Share the Harvest of Idaho Potatoes, a group led by the Idaho potato industry and Gov. Cecil D. Andrus.
 "Russia's food distribution system is in disarray," Andrus said. "Idaho's food aid should be distributed in late May, a time when many larders will be bare."
 The transportation is being funded by the Fund for Democracy and Development which is coordinating and purchasing transport for all private gifts to the Commonwealth of Independent States from private organizations in the United States.
 A Twin Falls, Idaho, trucking line, Austin Express Inc., is hauling the containers to Tacoma for Sea-Land Service Inc., which will deliver them to Russia. Sea-Land is the only U.S.-flag container line with regular scheduled service to the CIS.
 CSX/Sea-Land Logistics (CSL Logistics), a division of CSX Corporation, is managing the overseas shipments for the Fund.
 The potatoes are being taken to a Sea-Land terminal in Tacoma. CSX Intermodal will ship them by train and truck from Tacoma to Port Elizabeth, N.J., where they will be loaded onto a Sea-Land container ship.
 Sea-Land will carry the containers to St. Petersburg, Russia, where Sea-Land's Russian agent will deliver them.
 CSL Logistics was selected by the Fund for Democracy and Development to manage the consolidation and worldwide movement of donated supplies from the United States to the CIS.
 Last year, CSL Logistics was distribution manager for the Kuwait Emergency Recovery Program. It directed the movement from 22 nations to Kuwait of four million items, ranging from surgical sutures to fire engines.
 The Fund for Democracy and Development is a Washington-based umbrella group created at the suggestion of Presidents Yeltsin and Gorbachev. The Fund mobilizes and organizes U.S. private-sector humanitarian and development assistance for the CIS, the former Soviet Union. Transportation costs are paid with funds from the State Department.
 Idaho potatoes are the latest in a growing stream of privately donated supplies going to Russia with help from the Fund.
 A total of 70 containers carrying 1,400 tons of food and relief supplies are now in the pipeline to the Russian people, and the fund has received requests for transportation of scores more.
 Although the CIS is the world's largest producer of potatoes, distribution problems may have caused a large percentage of the harvest to rot before reaching the Russian people. The extended shelf life of dehydrated potatoes should resolve this difficulty.
 When the shipment from Idaho reaches St. Petersburg next month, three U.S. groups will help distribute the dehydrated potatoes and demonstrate to the Russians how to prepare this American product for the table. The three are: the Center for Democracy, Washington; Carelift International, Philadelphia, and Park West Children's Fund, San Pedro, Calif.
 CSX Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, Va., is an international transportation company offering a variety of rail, container-shipping, intermodal, trucking and barge services.
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 /CONTACT: Rush Loving Jr., 703-684-2100, for CSX/Sea-Land Logistics/
 (CSX) CO: CSX/Sea-Land Logistics; Austin Express Inc. ST: Idaho IN: TRN SU:


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