Cargo tonnage moving through Tampa Port Authority facilities could rebound to pre-recession levels over the next year, Port Director Richard Wainio told the agency's governing board Tuesday. The authority projects more than 14 million tons will move through its berths for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, an increase of 3 percent from the current year. Higher demand for aviation fuel, gasoline and steel should drive up the cargo numbers, Wainio said. "With a little bit of luck and some growth in the economy, we could be back beyond pre-recession numbers,'' he said.
Port expects rising cargo numbers for next year
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