Port of Lewiston welcomes visitors from Taiwan


Lewiston’s river system and shipping capabilities were on full display Friday, as the Port of Lewiston hosted visitors from Taiwan.

Wheat purchasing managers from Taiwanese flour mills, along with representatives from the Idaho Wheat Commission, got an inside look at the Port of Lewiston’s terminal. From truck to barge, they learned how wheat moves through the port.

Taiwan relies on American wheat imports, around 80-percent of the one-million metric tons they imported last year were from the U.S.

This visit comes just days after CHS agreed to export 90,000 tons of wheat to one of the Taiwanese mills.

Hsin-Hong Kuo, Hong Ming Flour Mill, General Manager said, "Most of the soft white or clap wheat would come from this region because this area produces a high quality soft white wheat. Taiwan Flour Mill Association millers, we've been buying U.S. wheat for more than 60 years. This is not just a business relationship, but most important is partnership and a friendship."

This is the first of five international buying groups that will tour the terminal this summer.

Port of Lewiston President Mike Thomason said this is an opportunity to showcase our river system, and our local farmers.

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