With auto imports reaching the highest volume in more than a decade, the Northwest Seaport Alliance has reported first-quarter gains and losses in several categories.
Movement of international TEUs, or standard shipping containers, showed a 4.4 percent increase in the first quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago. Full containerized exports were up 18.4 percent year-to-date to 233,102 TEUs, while imports were flat, down 1.1 percent at 311,011 TEUs, the alliance said in a release Wednesday.
Compared with March 2015, international container volume in March 2016 was down nearly 22 percent, with the difference due in part to high volumes a year ago as the alliance ports cleared a backlog due to a labor dispute.
Among other data released this week:
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▪ Break bulk cargo was down 37.6 percent for the quarter compared with last year.
▪ Autos were up 4.1 percent to 66,821 units.
▪ Logs were down 45.2 percent.
▪ Petroleum was down 63.4 percent.
▪ Molasses was down 3.2 percent.
▪ Container trade with Alaska was down 1.4 percent in the first quarter, compared with the year before.
▪ Container trade with Hawaii was down 20.3 percent.
▪ Overall container cargo weight was up 5.5 percent to 6.15 million metric tons.
▪ The number of vessels visiting alliance harbors rose 5.4 percent to 508.
The ports of Tacoma and Seattle have released joint cargo statistics since last year.
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