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Examining why local grain volumes are down after high Chinese tariffs

Interstate Grain Port Terminal
Posted at 12:55 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 14:01:47-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — As we've reported, President Trump's trade war with China has hit home with several local farmers.

Now, it’s affecting the local farming industry as well.

When addressing the County Commissioners Court last week, Port of Corpus Christi CEO Sean Strawbridge said that EPIC had leased the Interstate Grain Company's property along the Corpus Christi ship channel.

Strawbridge said that grain volumes were down 65 percent because of high Chinese tariffs and that Interstate wasn't using that export terminal anymore.

So what does that mean for local farmers?

We’re meeting with one this afternoon.

We’ll share what we learn coming up this evening on KRIS 6 News.

Interstate's closure leaves the ADM grain elevator on Navigation as the Port of Corpus Christi's only operating agricultural export terminal.