Port of Tacoma Container Volume Soared in February

Journal of Commerce Staff, March 21, 2013, Journal of Commerce

The Port of Tacoma’s containerized throughput soared by 59.2 percent year-over-year in February, according to data from the port. Total volume in February 2013 was 116,711 20-foot-equivalent units, including both laden and empty containers.

Tacoma’s exports jumped 50.6 percent year-over-year to 52,350 TEUs in February. Exports increased 12.5 percent from January 2013, whose total of 46,543 TEUs was 47.8 percent higher than January 2012. Container imports in February totaled 64,361 TEUs, up almost 67 percent over February 2012 but just 0.7 percent higher than the 63,923 TEUs reported in January. Volume growth has occurred at least in part because of last summer’s move of Grand Alliance carriers NYK Line, Hapag-Lloyd and Orient Overseas Container Line from the Port of Seattle to Tacoma

In 2012, exports grew by 24.1 percent to 559,933 containers over 2011 and imports rose by 23.5 percent to 704,969, putting the year’s throughput up 23.8 percent over that seen 2011. Year-to-date, total throughput is up 50.3 percent from the first two months of 2012.

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