Molasses and petroleum did well. Most other cargo transiting the Seaport Alliance in February did not.
The allied ports of Tacoma and Seattle reported this week that overall cargo volumes fell in February compared to February 2014.
“Cargo volumes were affected by the prolonged contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Associations,” the Alliance stated in a release.
After negotiations concluded with a tentative agreement, normal port operations resumed on Feb. 21.
Among details released by the Alliance:
• The volume of containerized import cargo was down 12.4 percent from February 2014.
• The volume of containerized export cargo was down 26.6 percent.
• Overall containerized cargo was down 9.3 percent.
• Cargo volume, measured by metric tons, was down 7.6 percent overall in February compared to the year before.
• The volume of logs was down 47 percent and gypsum down 56.7 percent.
• The volume of autos rose 0.1 percent and grain was up 13 percent.
• Molasses was up a sweet 112.5 percent, while petroleum rose by 41.4 percent.
• The number of vessels calling at Alliance ports during the month, 308, was down 13.5 percent.