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Port Record

Posted on 30th June 2014 at 16:11

As year-end numbers continue to come in, the Port of Longview is announcing that a record amount of cargo was handled in 2013, up some 18 percent over 2012 due to a surge in logs and grain bound for Asia. Port officials say that 7.4 million metric tons of cargo was handled last year, compared to 6.3 million metric tons in 2012. Log exports were up some 62 percent, going from 531,000 metric tons in 2012 to 858,000 metric tons last year. Steel imports were also up 47 percent, surging after U. S. import tariffs were eased. However, even with the 18 percent overall increase in cargo handling, overall revenues dipped slightly, snapping a five year streak of record revenues. Still, the Port of Longview continues to be the third-largest port in Washington state, when ranked by operating revenue. Port CEO Geir Kalhagen says that 2013 was another great year, and that they will continue to reinvest those revenues right back into the Port, to continue providing strong infrastructure for customers, along with economic benefits to the community.