Port of Tacoma

Seaport Alliance container volumes up in November

Container volumes through The Northwest Seaport Alliance improved 5.9 percent in November when compared with November 2014, the Northwest Seaport Alliance reported this week.

November marked the ninth consecutive month of growth for the combined effort that joined the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle earlier this year.

Containerized exports improved 10.8 percent through November to a total of 1,209,562 TEUs — or 20-foot equivalent units — on the strength of Washington’s agricultural sector, the alliance said in a release.

Although the alliance noted the increase in containerized agricultural products, grain exports from the combined ports fell 13.2 percent over the year.

Containerized imports rose 5.4 percent year — to-date to 1,322,486 TEUs, while domestic volumes remained flat at 807,009 TEUs, the alliance reported.

Through the first 11 months of the year, the NWSA has handled 3.3 million TEUs.

Auto imports continued to be strong in November, up 6.8 percent year to date to 168,893 units. Breakbulk, log, petroleum and molasses exports continue to be affected by a weaker export market and strong U.S. dollar, down year-to-date by 6.1 percent, 14.5 percent, 18.9 percent and 12.4 percent respectively.

Gypsum exports, at 223,436 metric tons, were up 24 percent.

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