Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Port of Tacoma container volume jumps 10 percent in June
Port of Tacoma container traffic grew by 10 percent in June, with expectations for another significant surge next month, thanks to new Grand Alliance business that began in July. Imports led the June growth, with an increase of 13,000 TEUs compared to last year.
The Grand Alliance shipping lines, which include OOCL, Hanjin and Hapag-Lloyd, pool their ships on the route between the U.S. West Coast and Asia. Formerly calling at Seattle, the shipping partnership switched in July to the Port of Tacoma United Terminal.
Breakbulk cargo, especially mining and farming equipment, has almost doubled in the first half of 2012 at the port. Auto imports jumped 21.3 percent in the first half of the year and gypsum imports rose by 115.7 percent, according to the News Tribune.
For more of the News Tribune story: thenewstribune.com
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