Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tacoma Port Continues Double Digit Monthly Growth

Port of Tacoma container volumes continued to see double-digit growth in November 2012, marking a 13 percent improvement year to date to over 1.5 million TEUs.

Tacoma terminals saw a total of 1.53 million TEUS through the first 11 months of the calendar year, a 13.3 percent jump from the 1.35 million moved during the same period last year.

The port says demand for auto parts, furniture, toys, tires and sporting goods helped drive full import container volumes up nearly 24 percent year to date through November to 545,242 TEUs. Meanwhile, agricultural products and such bulk commodities as scrap paper and wood in the rough helped export volumes improve 17 percent to 402,410 TEUs.

Last month saw a total of 147,565 TEUs travel through the port, a 9.5 percent increase from November 2011’s 134,000 TEUs. The largest portion of that amount was full inbound containers from overseas, of which the port saw more than 54,400 during the month, up from 51,300 in the same month last year.

The second-highest number of TEUs was in full outbound overseas containers; Tacoma terminals saw about 42,400 of them in November, up from just over 34,650 in November 2011. Overall, Tacoma moved about 947,650 containers to and from overseas locations during the first 11 months of 2012, 1 21 percent increase from the same period in 2011.