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Log exporter wants out of Port

By Edward Stratton
The Daily Astorian
January 15, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Dennis Murphy, left

Astoria Forest Products is trying to get out of leases with the Port of Astoria without termination costs, accusing the agency of elder abuse against its 82-year-old owner, Dennis Murphy. The company’s log exports have evaporated amid a prolonged trade war between the U.S. and China. Prior to the trade war, the owners had been trying to sell the business. Matthew Colley, an attorney for Astoria Forest Products, sent a 120-day notice of termination to the Port in late December notifying the agency the company would not renew any of its leases. …Astoria Forest Products ran into its own troubles last year when the Chinese imposed tariffs on hemlock, the most common species exported from Astoria, along with Douglas fir and spruce, in retaliation for tariffs enacted by President Donald Trump. The tariffs have made buyers hesitant and dried up timber exports…

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