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Frozen chicken ban impacts Gulf Coast ports

January 25, 2010

Russia last week banned chicken imports from the U.S. At issue is the chlorine bath American producers use to disinfect slaughtered poultry. Of the $729.5 million in chicken sent from the U.S. to Russia from January through November 2009, more than $512 million worth moved through either Mobile ($262.6 million) or Pascagoula ($251.6 million.) Not mention in the Mobile Press Register is the Port of Pensacola, where Pate Stevedore has a warehouse lease for frozen chickens. Pate’s contract was extended and expanded in Jan. 2009 by the old city council before it left office.

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  • Mark Clabaugh January 25, 2010 at 11:05 am

    The sad thing is that everyone from De Luna knows that Pensacola has the best Deep Water port in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The fact is, the city and it’s bunch of cronies have been doing everything they can to KILL the Port of Pensacola. The port once defined Pensacola, their dream is bars, dining and garbage down there.

    Rick, if you truely cared about Jobs, industry or anything remotely looking like a job that pays a living wage you would defend this Port with every keystroke you can type. You would “Out” the politicians with their developer dream agendas and you would side on economy, jobs and a future.

    No one is going to raise their children, send them to school or pay a mortgage selling peanuts or bussing tables.

  • Courtney Peterson January 25, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Rick, I made this post on Sam Hall’s blog back in 2008 when the Pate Stevedoring lease was up for renewal and was being debated:

    Anonymous said…
    Sam, I would agree with C.C. on the freezer ops; however, for different reasons. I would be hesitant to agree to a 10 year agreement for that facility, much less a 5 year renewal afterwards given that the end-user of those products is Russia. With the unstable relationship that has developed recently between the U.S. and Russia and the fallout over Georgia, I would seriously consider entertaining a shorter initial lease agreement. I’m not sure what the impact would be of making an offer for, say 3 years initially and then an option for 10years after that if foriegn relations improve between our two countries. As you are aware, these agreements are expensive to break and I can imagine a situation where the lessee might come out with a reprieve should their failure be due to a foriegn policy that they have no control over. If Pensacola must offer a 10-year renewal right now I would suggest inserting some sort of acknowledgment agreed to by the lessee that payments will not be forgiven under those circumstances.

    -Courtney P.

    September 26, 2008 12:20 PM

    It will be interesting to see how long of an ordeal this becomes and if it will effect Pate Stevedoring’s ability to meet their lease oblibations to the city.