CSC Sugar starts commercial operations at Port of Brownsville, US


US-based refined sugar importer and exporter CSC Sugar has started its new packaging and distribution operations at the Port of Brownsville, Texas.

The company explained that the port’s rail infrastructure and cargo capabilities was a key driver for setting up the facility at this location.

CSC Sugar president and CEO Paul Farmer said: “We chose the Port of Brownsville specifically because it provides great access from both Union Pacific and BNSF railroads.

“It’s excellent rail connectivity. The freight rate to Brownsville is basically the same regardless where you’re coming from, whether it’s from the sugar growing regions in Minnesota or Idaho.

“Having the Brownsville Rio Grande International Railway as the local short line is also a key part of the deal.”

CSC has taken 242,000ft² of warehouse space on lease at the port to export beet sugar to Africa, which is sourced from the West and Midwest via UP and BNSF railroads.

“Having the Brownsville Rio Grande International Railway as the local short line is also a key part of the deal.”

The sugar exporter anticipates receiving nearly 25 to 30 rail cars per week, and it received its first shipment on 22 March.

The warehouse has the capacity to store 25,000t of sugar, and around 500t of sugar will be exported from the plant.

CSC has already hired 33 local employees for its new packaging and distribution facility.