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Trade Development: Bellingham, Canaveral

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Bellingham Port Log Export Negotiating Agreement

The Port of Bellingham has entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Bio-Fibre Manufactures Inc. (BFM) and DKoram Inc. to study the feasibility of exporting logs and bio-fuel materials from an approximately 20-20-acre site adjacent to the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. Under the terms of the agreement, the port will not negotiate with any other forest product company for use of the Bellingham Shipping Terminal during a six-month due diligence period.  The port is allowed to negotiate with non-forest product related companies.

"We believe there is significant market demand for exporting logs and bio-fuels from Whatcom County" said DKoram Inc. General Manager Steve Grandorff. "The Bellingham Shipping Terminal is strategically located between the major cities of Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. and there are a number of both large and small suppliers of forest products in the surrounding area." DKoram Inc. is a U.S. West Coast log exporter.  

"We will be offering tree farmers and local contractors an opportunity to sell any and all wood products to this facility," BFM CEO Dylan Sebel said. "BFM will focus on the production of biofuels and chips/pellets for domestic and overseas markets.  We are excited to bring our business to the beautiful town of Bellingham and look forward to bringing employment to the area."

Work is underway to increase the navigation depth at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal to 40 feet MLLW in the approach channel and 35 feet MLLW in the berthing area. The port is also re-roofing a portion of the more than 85,000 square feet of available covered storage space and budgeting for additional improvements in 2016 to include updating the electrical service and significant stormwater and paving upgrades.

"The port is committed to modernizing the Bellingham Shipping Terminal to meet the needs of today’s break-bulk cargo operators," said Dan Stahl, the port’s director of maritime. "With 1,250 feet of dock space, 40 acres of property and increased navigation depth, the Bellingham Shipping Terminal is ready to go to work."

"It is terrific to see the private market gaining interest in the Bellingham Shipping Terminal," Port Commission President Dan Robbins said. "The terminal has struggled to be competitive recently due to a lack of navigation depth, and it’s no coincidence that more companies are interested now that we have started work on a dredging project which will increase the navigation depth of the terminal."

Autoport Inc. Chooses Canaveral for Expansion into Southeast

AutoPort, Inc. will begin processing and modifying vehicles for U.S.-based automotive manufacturers at Port Canaveral in January 2016.

The privately held, ISO 9001 certified vehicle processing and handling company will be headquartered at the Port of Wilmington in Delaware. It will lease 16 acres at the port authority’s newly completed auto terminal with an option to expand as its operations grow.

"We are thrilled with the opportunity to work together with the Port Canaveral team to grow our business in the Southeast," said AutoPort President and CEO Roy A. Kirchner. "It is our intention to bring our diversified business approach and strategy to Port Canaveral and focus on growth in all facets of automotive processing, modification and terminal handling."

During its 30-plus years of operation, AutoPort has processed and modified more than 2 million vehicles for U.S.-based automotive manufacturers.

"We are excited to partner with AutoPort Inc. and provide our new auto terminal for such a forward-thinking, innovative company," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "With nearby rail links to Norfolk Southern and CSX from our inland port region and Ro/Ro links to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama and the Honduras, the future looks bright for AutoPort, which will translate into new business opportunities and jobs for Central Florida."

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