While PrimePort Timaru recorded an improvement in finances in its 2013 annual report, figures show timber exports dropped slightly in the wake of a significant downturn in containerised cargo.
PrimePort chief executive Jeremy Boys said yesterday about 241,000 tonnes of timber and logs were exported from Timaru in the 2012-13 year. Log exports in the 2011-12 year amounted to 269,926 tonnes.
Annual tonnage figures show fertiliser, fuel and general breakbulk increased with overall tonnage, excluding containers, equivalent to last year at 940,000 tonnes.
Mr Boys said the log trade had now become a core business for the port.
''We certainly see the log trade going forward.'' He said there would be additional exports to mainly Asian markets after South Canterbury was battered by high winds earlier this month. It would probably be at the expense of long-term trade however as some of the trees flattened were young plantings, he said.
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