Friday, July 20, 2012

Port of Tacoma Sees Slight Bump in Cargo Volumes

The total number of TEUs moving through the Port of Tacoma improved 1.3 percent during the first half of 2012 compared with the same six months last year, with the slight increase driven largely by rising imports, according to newly-released data.

The number of inbound full containers was up by 13.4 percent during the six-month period, according to port data, rising from 217,512 TEUs to 246,750.

Full outbound container traffic also saw an increase, rising by two percent during the six-month period from 185,311 TEUs to 188,972. Cumulatively, the number of full containers moved during the first half of the year amounted to 435,722, an 8.2 percent rise from the 402,823 Tacoma saw during the same period in 2011.

The increases helped counter a decline in the number of empty containers that were shipped through the port the first half of the year. The number of empties imported and exported overseas was 69,174 during the six-month period that concluded at the end of June, a 17 percent drop from the 83,355 that moved through Tacoma during the first half of 2011.

In June, 87,610 full TEUs were shipped overseas through the port, a sizable increase from the 73,162 that moved through Tacoma in June 2011. The rise was a major factor in the port’s total container volume for the month increasing 9.9 percent to 143,830 TEUs from June 2011’s 130,838.