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COMMERCE

The port of Bellingham had an annual average water-borne commerce of 1,442,448 tons during the 10-year period 1927–36. Exclusive of local traffic, the annual average was 901,958 tons for the same period. Of the entire tonnage of the port, local traffic averaged 37.5 percent annually. The next largest tonnage group, coastwise shipments, averaged 31.4 percent, followed by coastwise receipts, 22.8 percent; exports, 6.1 percent; and imports, 2.2 percent. Details regarding the commerce of the port are given in the tables and graph on pages 93

to 99.

IMPORTS

Imports averaged 31,203 tons of 2.2 percent of the total traffic of the port during the decade under consideration. Rafted logs comprised the larger part of the imports, being 63.5 percent of the total import traffic. The next largest item in this group was coal, which has fallen off in recent years. In 1927 over 10,000 tons of coal were imported through Bellingham, but during the years 1933 to 1936,

inclusive, less than 2,000 tons were received annually. Pulpwood holds third place in the import tonnages. The first large receipts of this commodity were noted in 1933, the peak being reached in 1934, when over 15,000 tons were received. Receipts of pulpwood declined in the following 2 years. Shells, paper, and various miscellaneous articles made up the other items of imports.

EXPORTS

The annual average exports during the period 1927-36 amounted to 88,622 tons, or 6.1 percent, of the total traffic of the port. In 1932 exports dropped to 39,451 tons, but recovered in the following years. Lumber, lumber products, logs, wood pulp, and fish, in the order named, constituted the bulk of the export trade from Bellingham. Canned fruit and vegetables also contributed considerable export tonnages, reaching a little over 4,000 tons in 1934.

COASTWISE RECEIPTS

Coastwise receipts averaged 329,673 tons, or 22.8 percent, of the total traffic of the port during the 10-year period ending with 1936. As will be seen in the table following, the 1927 and 1928 tonnages were 989,244 and 1,226,506 tons, respectively, and that since 1928 the yearly tonnages have not exceeded 216,219 tons. These reductions in traffic were largely influenced by the decline in the tonnage of rafted logs and piling. Notwithstanding this decline, the principal tonnage consisted of rafted logs and piling whose combined tonnage averaged 213,028 tons, or 64.6 percent, of the total coastwise receipts during the decade. Petroleum products, largely fuel oil and gasoline, followed with an average of 38,000 tons, or 11.5 percent, and canned fish with 26,842 tons, or 8.1 percent. Other commodities in lesser tonnages consisted of sand and gravel, sulphur, and a variety of other items.

COASTWISE SHIPMENTS

Coastwise shipments, including intercoastal traffic, averaged 452,460 tons, or 31.4 percent, of the port's total commerce. Barged and rafted logs and piles accounted for an average of 226,066 tons, or 50 percent of the total coastwise shipments. Other commodities, in the order of tonnage, consisted of lumber and products, canned fish, cement, and wood pulp.

LOCAL

During the 10-year period under discussion, local traffic averaged 540,530 tons, or 37.5 percent, of the total. Of this tonnage 95 percent consisted of logs, 2.6 percent of sand and gravel, 1.3 percent of limestone, and the remaining 1.1 percent of miscellaneous items, including fresh fish as an important item. The table following shows that in some years the volume of local traffic equaled and exceeded all the other traffic combined, ranging as high as 78 percent of the total waterborne commerce of the port.

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Water-borne commerce of Bellingham, Wash., 1927-36

Quantities expressed in short tons)

IMPORTS

Animals and animal products: Shells.
Vegetable food products: Corn..
Vegetable products, inedible: Beet seed.
Wood and paper:

Logs, floated.
Lumber.
Paper.
Pulpwood.

Wood pulp:
Nonmetallic minerals: Coal.
Ores, metals and manufactures of: Iron pipe..
Chemicals:

Fertilizer
Potash.
Unclassified: Miscellaneous..

Total imports.

EXPORTS

Water-borne commerce of Bellingham, Wash., 1927–86—Continued

(Quantities expressed in short tons)

COASTWISE RECEIPTS

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Animals and animal products:

Dairy products and eggs.
Fish, canned.
Fish, fresh
Meats, canned, cured, and fresh
Shells, oyster

All other
Vegetable food products:

Beer, wines, and liquors.
Flour and feed.
Fruit and vegetables, canned..
Fruit and vegetables, fresh..
Grain
Groceries and provisions-
Hay.
Sugar

All other
Textiles: Cement bags.
Wood and paper:

Logs and piling, rafted
Lumber
Paper and pulp.
Piles, barged.
Pulpwood..

Wood pulp-
Nonmetallic minerals:

Brick and tile
Building materials.
Cement.
Coal...
Lime rock
Petroleum products-

Diesel and fuel oil.
Gasoline.
Kerosene.
Lubricating oils and grease

Other oils and products.
Salt
Sand and gravel.
Sulphur
All other

3, 616
50,000
3, 993

412

4, 342
4,070

3, 935

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858

505

413

5, 448

6, 661

1,028

1, 686

633
1, 186
1, 985

1, 450

300
2, 180
3, 001

481 1, 636

58

63

138

92

378
4,065

3, 767

899
1, 592

700

170

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800

617

128

99

258
18, 417

1,441

340
13, 267

209

14, 453

14, 528

14, 252

427

14, 214

311

409
8, 986

216

7, 258

315

6, 749

766

Ores, metals and manufactures of:

Hardware, light, heavy, and tools.
Iron and steel manufactures...
Iron pipe and fittings.

Tin plate.
Machinery and vehicles: Machinery
Chemicals:

Explosives.
Fertilizer.
Soaps and cleaners.

Slag, basic
Unclassified:

Cannery supplies..
Containers, empty.
Fish trap supplies.
Miscellaneous merchandise.
Roofing materials.

11, 564

Total coastwise receipts.

989, 244

1, 226, 506

139, 986

194, 278

86, 218

83, 079

216, 219

107, 252

95, 279

158, 665

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