Thursday, May 20, 2010

Canadian West Coast Ports Continue Box Traffic Increases

Further strengthening the arguments that a recovery is under way in trans-Pacific trade, the two major Canadian West Coast container ports both continued to report increased monthly traffic volumes in April.

Port Metro Vancouver in British Columbia handled a total of 724,434 TEUs in April, an 8 percent increase over April 2009. Port officials also reported that total loaded inbound box volume in April climbed 17 percent compared to April 2009, with 359,408 TEUs moved. The port also handled a total of 260,121 loaded outbound TEUs in April, a 3 percent increase over the year-ago period.

Port Metro Vancouver includes the ports of Vancouver B.C., Frasier River, and North Frasier River.

To the North, the Port of Prince Rupert reported total box volume for April of 26,611 TEUs, a 50.7 percent increase over April 2009.

Prince Rupert officials also reported total loaded inbound box volume of 15,998 TEUs for April, a 48.8 percent increase over the same period last year, and total loaded outbound box volume of 10,614 TEUs, a 53.7 percent increase over April 2009.