Port of Tacoma

October volumes surge at Tacoma and Seattle ports

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which includes the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, recorded its strongest container volumes for an October since 2012.

Full-load imports increased by 11 percent, and full exports jumped 16 percent, according to the Seaport Alliance. October is a peak month for global shipping.

Combined, the ports are seeing strong agricultural exports, including hay, forest products, fruits and vegetables.

Year to date, full imports are up 4 percent, to 1.1 million 20-foot equivalent containers, called TEUs. Full exports are up 13 percent in that time, to 802,343 TEUs.

Other cargoes declined: Cargo too large to be delivered in shipping containers, called breakbulk cargo, dropped 28 percent year to date to 152,075 metric tons. The global downturn in agricultural, mining and construction equipment, and a strong U.S. dollar has affected volumes, the Alliance’s news release said.

Decreased demand in China and increased competition from New Zealand has caused log exports to drop 27 percent, to 150,962 metric tons.

Kate Martin: 253-597-8542, @KateReports