ACX exported 52,400 20-foot-equivalent units in 2012, representing almost 700,000 tons of long fiber forage, which excludes sales by ACX to companies that export hay under other names. Most of the hay exported by ACX goes to Asia and the Middle East.
“When ACX started 35 years ago, we shipped our hay products primarily to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan for dairy and beef cow markets,” said Mike Gombos, ACX’s chief marketing officer, in a written statement. “Today, we are also shipping to China and the Middle East, not just for dairy and beef, but to feed goats, camels and sheep.”
Furthermore, ACX opened a new facility in the Port of Stockton, Calif., and began exporting hay through the Port of Oakland. It currently has plans to open a hay processing facility in Goldsboro, N.C.
ACX also moved up a notch in the animal feed category in JOC’s ranking, becoming the second-largest exporter behind shipper DeLong. Overall, JOC listed ACX as the 23rd-largest exporter in the U.S.