Containerized imports into the Port of Seattle plunged 22.6 percent in September over the same month a year ago as a tumultuous month at Pacific Northwest ports brought a meek showing in the midst of the peak shipping season.
Loaded inbound container volume of 60,809 20-foot equivalents container units also was down 8.2 percent from August to September, the second straight sequential decline at Seattle and lightest inbound container volume there since March.
Demand was stronger for exports, which grew 17.7 percent year-over-year in September. But Seattle's loaded container export volume also was flat compared to August.
The nearby Port of Tacoma saw its strongest month for containerized exports since March 2009, with a 20.2 percent year-over-year jump in outbound TEUs.
Tacoma also reported its busiest month for imports in a year and a 21.2 percent surge from August. But Tacoma¹s imports were down slightly on a year-over-year basis were 2 percent behind last year¹s total in the first nine months of 2011.
Both Seattle and Tacoma were closed for a workday in September when International Longshore and Warehouse workers left their jobs to take part in a protest at a Longview, Wash., grain terminal.