Thursday, August 19, 2010

Seattle, Tacoma Ports Continue Moving in Opposite Volume Directions

The Puget Sound ports of Seattle and Tacoma continued moving in opposite directions in July, with Seattle container volumes exploding and Tacoma remaining in the negative column.

The Port of Seattle reported total container volume for July of 219, 349 TEUS, a 61.7 percent increase compared to July 2009.

The port also handled 102,126 loaded inbound containers, a 63.8 percent increase over the year ago period. In addition, the port handled 84,366 loaded outbound TEUs, a massive 89.3 percent increase over the same period last year.

Meanwhile, at the Port of Tacoma, volume numbers continue to remain almost universally negative.

Tacoma officials report that 117,749 TEUs were handled in the month of July, a 3.7 percent decrease over July 2009.

The port handled 40,193 loaded inbound TEUs, a 9 percent increase over the year-ago period, and 21,786 loaded outbound TEUs, a 35.1 percent decline over July last year.
Tacoma has not seen a monthly increase in total container volume since June 2008.