OSWEGO – Port of Oswego Authority, the first port on the Great Lakes system, set a record year in grain exports.
This year, the port exported more than 51,000 metric tons of soybeans to foreign markets which is a 325% increase from 2017.
“The numbers are very encouraging for the entire Central New York region,” said Acting Port Director William Scriber. “The port now offers farm to ship direct loading which had not previously existed in Central New York.”
Earlier this year, the port applied for and was granted a USDA export license.
In conjunction with the license, the port upgraded its facilities to include a USDA lab and in cooperation with Perdue Agribusiness installed a state-of-the-art weighing system for exports.
“By 2020, we look to double the yearly total and are planning to make investments in expanding our storage facilities”, Scriber added.
“The port has a large economic impact on the area by supporting $26.7 million in economic activity and more than 209 jobs yearly according to the most recent report,” said Amy Tresidder, Port Board chairperson.
“Our port was built in 1961 so it’s time to build some new facilities and renovate some of the existing sites,” she added. “We are committed to investing in our future. The board is working with the state in order to secure the necessary funds to accomplish this.”
“This is a very exciting time at the port as we look to expand with new projects and other waterfront developments. That’s good news for the entire Central New York region,” Scriber said.