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Some Cargo Imports Hit by Downturn, Others Not

The economic downturn is hitting the cargo business at San Diego’s two Marine Terminals. But Port officials say there are bright spots the picture. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Some Cargo Imports Hit by Downturn, Others Not

The economic downturn is hitting the cargo business at San Diego’s two Marine Terminals. But Port officials say there are bright spots in overall picture. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

National City Marine Terminal is seeing a decline in the number of cars imported through the docks, and because of a slow down in construction, imports of lumber is also down.

But Maritime Trade manager Joel Valenzuela says a trade mission to Asia last month secured contracts to import more giant windmill parts through Tenth Avenue Terminal through 2011. He says the Port hopes turbines and generators will be an increasing source of cargo revenue under the new Administration in Washington.

Valenzuela: It seems to be focusing on infrastructure and renewable projects as the foundation for the economic recovery stimulation plans.   We’re hoping with that kind of incentive, there’ll be more of those kinds of products going through the port. 

Valenzuela says Dole Fresh Fruits, the anchor tenant at Tenth Avenue, has not seen a decline in business due to the economy. The company continues to import 12% of all the bananas consumed in the United States though San Diego.

Alison St John, KPBS news.