Port Metro Vancouver hit the high point in container traffic in the port authority’s nearly three years of existence in October, with volume growing 19.5 percent over the same month a year ago.
Exports at the Canadian port grew 23.4 percent over October 2009, offsetting a seasonal slowdown in containerized import volume.
Total laden container volume in October reached 197,652 20-foot equivalents, the most Port Metro Vancouver has recorded since the authority was formed at the start of 2008 from the combination of three separate entities.
The October total was 1.7 percent better than September’s overall laden container volume, largely because containerized exports soared 18.7 percent from September to October. The 92,754 laden export TEUs also was the largest monthly total for exports Port Metro Vancouver has recorded.
Imports have been weakening this fall, however: The 104,897 laden TEUs in October was down 9.7 percent from September and the lightest inbound total at Vancouver since April.