The Port of Portland, Ore., continued its robust container volume growth, moving 148,360 TEUs during the January-July period, an increase of 37.9 percent over the same period a year ago.
That growth was actually a slight downturn from the port's growth rate of nearly 41 percent through June.
The Columbia River port's monthly on-year growth is likely to slow down as the year concludes. Portland's two new trans-Pacific services by Zim Integrated Shipping Services and Yang Ming Line did not begin until the middle of 2006, and in September, Zim's container traffic will end after it ceases its calls at the port.
Inbound and outbound container shipments surged at the port's Terminal 6 container facility. Export boxes moving through the port over the first seven months of the year increased 40.2 percent to 85,673 TEUs, while import containers jumped almost 35 percent to 62,683 TEUs.
While the box numbers are low compared to the big container ports, Portland has been the fastest growing port on the West Coast all year.
Solid growth continued in other cargo categories. Grain increased 11 percent, mineral bulk tonnage gained 21.2 percent, and breakbulk tonnage increased 18.9 percent.
Auto units, up 7.3 percent through July, are on pace to shatter the port's record of 463,557 units set in 2006.