PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - In this age of negative economic data, it's refreshing to find good economic news. So far in 2009, the Port of Pascagoula is reporting a 25 percent increase in the amount of cargo shipped through the port, compared to the same time period last year.
"In view of current world trade and the economy, we're pleased to see the tonnage up," Port Director Mark McAndrews told WLOX News.
One interesting trend has been a decrease in imports, and an increase in exports. Most of the exports that pass through the port are frozen poultry bound for Russia. Most of the imports are forest products.
Experts say the reason import business is down is because of the decline in homebuilding.
Plans to deepen and widen the ship channel have port officials excited about the remainder of 2009. Beyond that, 2010 is looking good because that's when the new liquefied natural gas terminal goes on line at the Port of Pascagoula.