Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Container Traffic Rises Slightly at Tacoma

Continuing what’s been a mostly up calendar year for traffic, the Port of Tacoma saw a more than three percent increase in container volume in October compared with the same month in 2010.

According to newly released figures, the port moved a total of 123,623 TEUs in October, up from 119,600 during the same month last year, a 3.3 percent increase. It marks the seventh month out of 10 with an increase in traffic over the corresponding month the year prior.

Also, despite a more than three percent decrease in domestic container shipping recorded during the first 10 months of the year, the total number of TEUs moving through the port rose just over two percent during the time period, thanks for an increase of about five percent in foreign container movement.

Tacoma saw 1.23 million total containers during the first 10 months of the calendar year, a 2.1 percent rise from the 1.20 million containers of January to October 2010.

Of the amount, over 836,000 were foreign inbound and outbound TEUS, a 4.9 percent increase from the same 10 months last year.

However, the number of domestic containers – coming and going from Alaska and Hawaii – was down 3.3 percent, to 394,500 from 408,000.