- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The Natchez-Adams County Port moved approximately 1.25 million tons of cargo during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Port Director Anthony Hauer told The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/1wjRVFS) the 2012 fiscal year’s final operating revenues were for $1.7 million, while 2013 surpassed that with $2.6 million in operating revenues.

Even with the nearly $1 million increase in revenue, Hauer said the port operated at a loss of $69,000 in 2013.

But that was a considerable improvement from the $411,000 operating loss of 2012. Hauer said he expects the port to see continued improvement and positive operations during the current fiscal year.

“I anticipate that, barring any circumstances beyond the port commission’s control and foresight, the $69,000 loss will turn into a 100 percent pure profit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015,” he said.

The cargo tonnage moved in 2012-2013 fiscal year is more than the port has handled in over a decade.

“That is something we have not seen in a long, long time,” Hauer said. “It’s been 10 or 15 years since we have moved that much.”

Hauer said the increase in port business could only be attributed to a “full and steady stream of cargo movement” that resulted from an active campaign and marketing strategy of the port and its commission.

“There is no particular client that it can be attributed to, but we have a group of clients who are experiencing growth and we are adding some additional clients in the grain business,” he said. “Our numbers are going up with existing clients, and we have developed a line of clientele who are repeat customers, one client at a time.”

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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