EASTPORT — The port of Eastport will be allowed to continue its growing cattle export business now that federal agriculture officials have agreed to continue livestock inspections at the city’s shipping terminal.

Port officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to send an inspector to the port on an as-needed basis when shipments are made.

The Eastport shipping terminal for years has largely handled pulp and pulp-related products. The Bangor Daily News says the terminal has gotten a boost over the past year with pregnant cows from Maine, other New England states and as far away as Wisconsin that have been transported to Eastport for shipment overseas.

Since January, an estimated 17,000 cattle have passed through the port.