Friday, June 24, 2011

Port Metro Vancouver Volumes Flat in May

For the month of May, Port Metro Vancouver remained virtually flat in the total number of containers moved compared to the year-ago period, while at the same time reporting that May was the strongest single month for total containers handled since October of last year.

Port Metro, an amalgamation of the Fraser River Port Authority, the North Fraser Port Authority and the Vancouver, B.C. port authority, handled a total of 218,250 TEUs in May, a 1.8 percent increase over April and a 0.3 percent drop from May 2010.

On the import side, the port authority handled a total of 99,970 loaded inbound TEUs in May, a 3.6 percent drop compared to April and an 8 percent drop compared to May of last year.

In the export column, the port authority reported handling a total of 91,176 loaded outbound TEUs in May, a 0.3 percent drop from April, but a solid 6.6 percent increase over the year-ago period.

For the calendar year to date, the port authority has handled a total of 1,009,360 TEUs, a 7 percent increase over the January to May period in 2010.