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COMMERCE

The annual average volume of water-borne commerce at the port of Grays Harbor during the 10-year period 1927–36 was 3,707,221 short tons. The peak movement was reached in 1927 when 7,200,503 tons was reported. The volume of tonnage decreased annually until 1932 when the low for the period was 1,364,451 tons. During the following 3 years substantial gains were made and the tonnage maintained a steady average. In 1936 a total of 2,485,421 tons was handled or approximately 40 percent of that of 1927.

IMPORTS

Imports at Grays Harbor during the period covered in this report were so slight as to be practically negligible, amounting to only .02 percent of the annual average. No imports are of record since the year 1933. Such items as were received prior to 1933 consisted principally of lime and other nonmetallic minerals, together with some receipts of sugar and hardwood logs.

EXPORTS

The annual average exports during the 10-year period amounted to 461,440 tons, or 12.45 percent of the total water-borne commerce. The greater part of this tonnage was lumber and other forest products. Some small tonnages of fish, flour, canned goods, fuel oil, rails, and scrap metal were exported through the port, but with the exception of fuel oil the traffic in the other commodities mentioned has been unsteady.

COASTWISE RECEIPTS

Coastwise receipts during the years 1927–36, inclusive, averaged 149,179 tons annually, constituting 4.03 percent of the annual average. Petroleum products were the outstanding commodities in this class, comprising 71.6 percent of the total. Barged and rafted logs, hogged fuel, and sulphur made up an additional 21 percent, the remaining 5.4 percent being such miscellaneous items as groceries, metal manufactures, chemicals, and nonmetallic minerals, none of which reached any considerable volume, aggregating about 15,000 tons annually.

COASTWISE SHIPMENTS During the 10-year period coastwise shipments averaged 705,079 tons annually or 19.03 percent of the total and consisted almost entirely of forest products. Lumber and lumber products, exclusive of pulp and paper, accounted for 96.9 percent of the total coastwise shipments. All other items in this class of traffic amounted to only 3.1 percent of the annual average.

INTERNAL RECEIPTS AND SHIPMENTS Traffic in this class constituted the greater part of the port's total water-borne commerce, the annual average for the period being 2,390,082 tons or 64.46 percent of the total for the years 1927-36. The principal item in this class was rafted logs. Sand, gravel, lumber, fuel oil, and hogged fuel made up the bulk of the remainder. Rafted logs comprised 91.3 percent of this traffic, the remaining 8.7 percent being divided between the other commodities mentioned, with sand and gravel, followed by lumber, having the highest tonnage. During the last 5 years there has been little or no internal receipts or shipments of commodities other than those cited.

LOCAL

The volume of local traffic has been so small as to make it of little consequence, averaging only .01 percent of the total annual average during the 10-year period. Fresh fish, most of which was handled at the Westport dock, comprised 85 percent of the local traffic.

The tables and graph which follow show details of water-borne traffic.

Water-borne commerce of Grays Harbor (bar entrance), Wash., 1927-36

(Quantities expressed in short tons)

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635

315 1, 435

993

1, 737

1, 386

697

500

635

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417

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Commodity

1927

IMPORTS

Vegetable food products: Sugar.
Wood and paper: Hardwood logs.
Nonmetallic minerals:

Cement.
Coal...

Hydrated lime.
Oros, metals, and manufactures of: Rails.

Total.

EXPORTS

822, 541

Animals and animal products: Fish, canned and

salted.
Vegetable food products:

Canned goods..

Flour..
Vegetable products, inedible: Cascara and cascara

bark.
Wood and paper:

Doors
Flooring blocks.
Logs and bolts, barged.
Lumber and lumber products.
Paper..
Plywood.
Wood pulp..

All other
Nonmetallic minerals:

Coal.

Fuel oil.
Ores, metals, and manufactures of:

Rails.

Scrap -
Chemicals: Phosphate rock.
Unclassified: Miscellaneous merchandise..

Total..

34, 250
254, 348

428
6, 356
3, 852

33, 343
184, 718

1, 152
4, 196
18, 281

78, 934
158, 705
1, 064

393
21, 544

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142

9, 039

8, 939

1, 779

332

3,680

7, 209

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Water-borne commerce of Grays Harbor (bar entrance), Wash., 1927–86—Continued

(Quantities expressed in short tons]

Commodity

1927

1928

1929

1930

1931

1932

1933

1934

1935

1936

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COASTWISE RECEIPTS
Vegetable food prod

Beer.
Coffee and tea.
Fruit and vegetables, canned.
Fruit and vegetables, fresh.
Groceries and provisions......
Malt and rice....

Sugar..
Vegetable products, inedible: Tobacco-
Wood and paper:

Hogged fuel.
Logs, barged.

Logs, rafted.
Nonmetallic minerals:

Asphalt and tar.
Building supplies..
Clay.
Fuel and Diesel oil.
Gasoline.
Lubricating oil and grease.
Other oils and grease.
Salt.
Sulphur

Talcum..
Ores, metals, and manufactures of:

Hardware and tools.
Iron and steel products..

Rails.
Steel..

Wire rope.
Machinery and vehicles:

Automobiles and accessories..

Machinery.
Chemicals:

Alum..
Barytes.
Drugs...
Soap-

Sodium compounds..
Unclassified: Miscellaneous merchandise.

Total..

339

696
2, 929

637
7, 638

616 7, 189

6, 743

185

2,500

120

7, 175

674

266
6, 500

31

486
10, 511

80

451
8, 202

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