Port of Seattle Posts Record Grain Exports in 2008

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2009

Grain exports set a new record at the Port of Seattle in 2008, capsule with 6.4 million metric tons of corn, this web soybeans and sorghum moving through the Port’s grain elevator at Terminal 86.

“Last year’s grain exports were 20% higher than 2007, search ” said Port of Seattle Managing Director Charlie Sheldon. “That figure clearly demonstrates that our Port remains a viable and competitive gateway for the export of grain grown in the Upper Midwest. It also reflects well on the competitiveness of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, which leases and operates the terminal.”

Virtually all of the grain that moves through Port’s grain terminal is grown in the Upper Midwest and arrives via rail. Much of it is used for livestock feed once it reaches its final destination.

The record volumes were due largely to strong demand in China, Japan and other Asian nations, coupled with an ample supply of product in the U.S., said Mike Mandl, Regional Manager for Louis Dreyfus.

“We value the partnership with the Port of Seattle and look forward to continuing that partnership well into the future,” said Mandl.

The Port’s 40-acre (16 hectare) grain terminal opened in 1970 and has a capacity of 4 million bushels.

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