Young Brothers: Interisland ag shipments remain down

The Maui News – Agricultural shipments from Maui to the rest of the state remained down in the third quarter while interisland shipping statistics continued to absorb June’s closure of the Maui Farmers’ Cooperative Exchange and the shutdown of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. last year, Young Brothers Ltd. reported.

The 74-year-old co-op in Wailuku had shipped cabbage and Kula sweet onions three times a week to Honolulu. The interisland shipper reported that agricultural shipping volume was down 7.7 percent in the third quarter.

Overall, agricultural shipments from Kahului were down 65.1 percent in the third quarter, compared with the same quarter last year. This follows a 39.8 decrease in agriculture shipments from Kahului in the second quarter, driven largely by the closure of Maui’s last sugar plantation in December 2016, Young Brothers said.

Overall, the shipping company said that intrastate cargo volumes between Honolulu and six Neighbor Island ports decreased in the third quarter compared to the second quarter.

But it remained slightly positive in the third quarter because cargo volumes were up 0.3 percent, compared to the same period of 2016, and up 0.7 percent for the first nine months of the year.

For the third quarter of 2017, three Neighbor Island ports experienced gains in cargo volume, with Kahului up 0.5 percent, Hilo up 8.5 percent and Kaunakakai up 4.1 percent.

The remaining three ports experienced declines in cargo volumes: Kawaihae on Hawaii island down 4.7 percent, Nawiliwili on Kauai down 3 percent, and Kaumalapau on Lanai down 6 percent.

Young Brothers’ quarterly intrastate shipping volumes reflect only cargo shipments that originate and terminate within the state.