Bucksport Branch activity & news

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Re: Bucksport Branch activity & news

Postby newpylong » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:35 am

Slim. The logs will be rotted by the time Pan Am gets them to Eastern MA lol. Then they will give the customer an absurdly high number to fix the track to improve service that the customer won't pay.
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Re: Bucksport Branch activity & news

Postby MEC407 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:58 am

Oh Guilford, never stop Guilfording.
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Re: Bucksport Branch activity & news

Postby oibu » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:16 pm

Well at least what comes back will be better quality wood than most of the cheap crap we get from asia.

This has been going on out on the west coast for decades. Shiploads of logs from OR, WA, BC go to Asia. No one wants to actually pay Americans to make American products from American wood.

Imagine the potential, if we could just close those trade loopholes and make people who want to benefit from the American consumer market and American consumer prices and American quality materials, actually pay Americans to work.... or, just make other nations who lack the resources we have actually pay fair price for those resources they so covet, and then spread the wealth here. But instead, we've been allowed to get beat over the head both coming and going.

On the plus side, with as bad as the economics are right now, most anything that creates a few jobs and increases rail traffic is at least a small step forward.
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Re: Bucksport Branch activity & news

Postby gokeefe » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:59 am

oibu wrote:This has been going on out on the west coast for decades. Shiploads of logs from OR, WA, BC go to Asia. No one wants to actually pay Americans to make American products from American wood.


Caveat: No one overseas can afford to pay Americans to make American products from American wood.

On the other hand ... there are plenty of pallet mills and saw mills in my area that are busy year round that source all of their wood (and their labor) locally.

The issue for export products is a question of "value added". Pallets made in Maine are way more expensive to an overseas buyer than pallets made in Vietnam. On the other hand engineered laminates are not only price competitive (in part due to automation) but also may have a qualitative edge as well.

It doesn't make sense to import finished pallets from China (or even Vietnam) and it also doesn't make sense to export them elsewhere. But once you get into "value-added" goods the economics are completely different.

The Bucksport operation is right in the middle ... exporting raw unfinished materials in bulk to locations that may not have sufficient supply to meet demand. This business (if it works) is a good example of the price of deforestation to the developing world ... you end up having to import far more expensive supplies from the developed world to meet demand.
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Re: Bucksport Branch activity & news

Postby Safetee » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:29 pm

I had understood that the ships from china picking up wood in Portland twenty or so years ago actually had the chemicals and machinery on board with the ability to turn the pulp wood into usable pulp by the time it got back to china. same thign they used to do or maybe still do with cattle hides.
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Re: Bucksport Branch activity & news

Postby oibu » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:08 pm

Yes, but a lot more is made from wood than just pallets, and some of it just ends up coming back here as a junky, but finished, product.

The point is just that our economy will always be faltering so long as the majority of north americans cannot afford to buy quality long-lasting north American products and must rely on cheap Asian imports that quickly break or wear out (which means that in the long run no consumer is saving actual money anyway, but merely resorting to a Band-Aid for short term cash flow issues on a constant cycle). If more north Americans were employed and paid more to make quality goods, more north americans would be able to afford quality products made by north americans, and all of that money would just cycle endlessly through the north American economy (think not only employment numbers and incomes but also the implications for investment, infrastructure, debt, etc.) rather than having a giant vacuum constantly sucking a large portion of the money permanently out of the system never to be seen again.

But anyway, I'm not looking to debate politics or policy... it was just an off-the-cuff observation of where things stand, the bizarre state of the world we live in, and the potential relation that might have to this potential traffic move.
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