Coal Shipments May Bypass NW Ports to Export from Mexico

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A number of Washington and Oregon ports are working on or exploring proposals to export coal.   Environmental and citizens groups are fighting the efforts for reasons ranging from local traffic impacts to broader environmental concerns.  Maritime unions, business groups and railroads are among the supporters of expanding coal exports.

Given the uncertainties of utilizing Washington and Oregon ports to meet the increasing demand for exporting coal, Union Pacific is exploring the potential of exporting through Mexico’s Port of Guaymas.  A Union Pacific executive commented that Mexican ports “do not seem to have the same permitting process that we have had in the Pacific Northwest ports.”

“Union Pacific looks to Mexico as US coal demand falls: officials,” Longshore & Shipping News


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