MDAC hosts incoming trade mission and wood products showcase

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Photo: Weyerhaeuser Pearl River Nursery Manager Kevin Barfield describes the process of producing Mississippi pine seedlings to visiting international trade commissioners at the Mississippi Inbound Trade Mission and MDAC Wood Products Showcase. (photo MDAC)

This week, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) hosted lumber buyers from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Spain and from Vietnam.

“Forestry is Mississippi’s third-largest agricultural sector, and I am pleased with the efforts of our agency’s Timber Trade Division to host multiple trade commissioners from multiple countries,” said the Commissioner of Agriculture and Agriculture. Mississippi Trade, Andy Gipson. “This historic cooperative project has brought together stakeholders with the goal of strengthening Mississippi’s lumber industry and opening up important international trade markets that have been untapped by our producers across the state.”

The trade delegation visited Jones Lumber Company in Natchez, Weyerhaeuser Pearl River Nursery in Hazlehurst and Thomasson Lumber Company in Macon before attending the first-ever Mississippi wood products showcase at the Mississippi Trade Mart. During the showcase, these international trade commissioners held business meetings and visited Mississippi lumber exporters from across the state.

The MDAC provided visiting lumber buyers with an overview of the entire process of the Mississippi lumber industry, from seeding to milling. In addition to timber industry leaders and major logging companies, trade commissioners and exporters met with transportation logistics experts and international shipping ports located in the state. Tours included demonstrations of harvesting equipment, as well as translation, hardwood, and southern yellow pine softwood facilities, which demonstrated the extensive capacity and durability of Mississippi lumber.

“It was a pleasure to represent the Port of Gulfport at the Mississippi Timber Product Showcase and highlight the role we can play in helping international consumers access high quality Mississippi products. By working with thriving Mississippi industries such as forest products, we can continue to drive growth in the state’s economy and create great jobs for Mississippians,” said Jon Nass, CEO and Executive Director of the Mississippi State Port Authority in Gulfport.

“We were honored to participate in the premier timber conference hosted by the State of Mississippi, where we had the opportunity to connect and interact with some of our business partners and were exposed to potential business that will broaden our trade base and increase exports. Our sincere thanks to Ginger Williamson from the Department of Agriculture for the invitation to a well organized event,” said Rafael Quesada, Port of Pascagoula Business Development Manager. “We have seen a lot of interest from multiple participating parties and look forward to the continued development of these new relationships across the waters.”

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