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Boom Seen for U.S. Ports Shipping to Japanese: Freight Markets

Longshoremen at ports in Washington state and Vancouver are set to load more timber and lumber onto vessels destined for Japan as the world’s third-biggest economy rebuilds from a $220 billion natural disaster.

The March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that left more than 20,000 people dead or presumed so will require the biggest importation of logs, timber and plywood since 2008, according to Wood Resources International LLC., a forest-industry consulting firm based in Bothell, Washington.