Monday, October 22, 2012
Port of Tacoma container volume up 37 percent in September
Container volumes at the Port of Tacoma were 37 percent higher in September than during the same month in 2011.
Port terminals handled 195,718 TEUs last month compared to 142,920 TEUs in September 2011. For the year, container volumes are up more than 11 percent to 1,220,615 TEUs.
Tacoma's container volumes continue to reflect the addition of the Grand Alliance shipping consortium of NYK, OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd and Zim, which moved its operations to the Port of Tacoma from Seattle in July. The port saw 113 vessel calls in September, an increase of almost 32 percent year on year.
With peak holiday shipping season well under way, import container volumes increased nearly 22 percent year to date as retailers stock up for the holiday shopping season.
A record Washington apple crop is adding to Tacoma's higher export container volumes, which grew 14 percent year to date.
Meanwhile, domestic volumes were down less than 1 percent for the year.
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