By Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa Port of Catoosa says outbound shipping tonnage decreased slightly in February from the month before.

Cargo that entered or left the northeastern Oklahoma port in February totaled 222,367 tons. Officials say the outbound total was slightly lower than in January because fewer barges of soy products left the facility.

John Goetting, manager of Gavilon Grain at the port, says an increase in exports of soybeans from South America reduced demand for shipments from the Port. Goetting says the forecast for outbound soybeans in March is also lower.

The port must ship an average of 167,000 tons each month in order to reach two million tons in a calendar year. At 222,367 tons in February and 297,359 tons in January, the Port is well above average for the year.

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