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Port looking to work around hundreds of nesting least terns

GULFPORT — Hundreds of least terns are nesting on the state port’s West Pier in Gulfport. Port Restoration director Joe Conn tells the Sun Herald the port is submitting a plan to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to work around the birds. The port’s West Pier is being expanded, elevated and updated to house a modern containerized cargo operation. When ...

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Bryant signs bill removing port from state oversight

GULFPORT ­ — Legislation that removes the Port of Gulfport and its $570 million post-Hurricane Katrina expansion and renovation from state government oversight has been signed by the governor. House Bill 1091 took effect with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature this past week. The bill exempts the Port of Gulfport from state-agency bidding and purchasing oversight and declares it to be ...

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Senators want challenge to proposed Mexican duties on U.S. poultry

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk to challenge new duties proposed by Mexico on imported U.S. poultry. Cochran and Wicker are among 16 Senators who last week sent a letter to Kirk that states the lawmakers’ concern with antidumping charges levied by Mexico on U.S. poultry, specifically chicken ...

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Bryant to lead delegation to U.S.-Canada trade conference

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Gov. Phil Bryant will lead a delegation of Mississippi business leaders and economic development officials at the 5th Annual Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) conference and trade mission, which is scheduled for May 20-22 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mississippi businesses, economic developers, university representatives and local officials are encouraged to join the state’s delegation at ...

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State Port officials report stronger cargo volume last year

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport reports stronger cargo volume in 2011, handling in excess of 216,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units), which represents an increase of 3.6 percent compared to 2010. Overall, more than 2.2 million tons of cargo moved through Gulfport, representing a year-over-year increase of 3.2 percent. “We experienced solid growth in both container and dry bulk ...

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MDA to lead business development mission to Israel

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a delegation of state business leaders on a business development mission to Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, Israel from March 17-22. The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses looking to expand trade and create business relationships with opportunities in Israeli markets. During the business development mission, delegates will meet one-on-one ...

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Economist: River silt could cost billions

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget for dredging the Mississippi River is increased to prevent the river from silting in, according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river. Every year, the corps keeps the channel open with dredges that remove mud ...

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Port faces major challenges this year

PASCAGOULA — Port of Pascagoula leaders will focus on finding alternate cargoes to replace those not expected to rebound this year and sparking activity at the redeveloped South Terminal, Port Director Mark McAndrews said. McAndrews told a civic club in Pascagoula that last year the port began to promote itself as a gateway from Latin American to the upper Midwest ...

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Decrease in poultry exports impacts State Port

A major decline in chicken exports does not bode well for the Mississippi port’s tentative plans to resume a pre-Katrina business that created hundreds of jobs. The port had planned to rebuild its freezer for chicken shipments on the West Pier, but that was before a new strategic plan reserved the space for an elevated containerized cargo operation. The port’s ...

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SUSTA offering export assistance to small ag companies

JACKSON — The Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Market Access Program (MAP) Branded. The Branded program is designed to help small agricultural companies enter export markets with 50 percent reimbursement for promotional costs like advertising, exhibiting at trade shows and changes to packaging and labels. To be eligible for the Branded program, ...

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