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Growth at the Ports: Wilmington Sees More Agricultural Shipments

Aerial view of the port of Wilmington
Aerial view of the port of Wilmington

North Carolina’s ports saw increased shipment volumes last year. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that container movements were up 11 percent over 2010 and general breakbulk cargo amounts increased by 8 percent.

To be precise, last year the Port of Wilmington moved 287,467 standard size containers known as twenty-foot equivalent unit containers. The port also moved more than 1.7 million tons of bulk and breakbulk cargo.

State Port Authority officials say that Wilmington has seen a revival in agricultural products, including more than 400,000 tons of animal feed and grain imported and trucked to livestock producers across the region last year.

In Morehead City, more than 130,000 tons of soft wood chips have been sent to Turkey since July. The materials are eventually manufactured into medium density fiberboard.

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After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.