Container traffic between China and the British Columbia port of Prince Rupert soared in the first quarter of this year, up 87.3 percent from the same period last year, the Prince Rupert Port Authority reported Monday.
Prince Rupert traffic showed an increase in containerized export commodities to China from western Canada.
Total volume handled by the port during the first quarter amounted to 76,860 twenty-foot equivalent units, compared with 41,042 TEUs in the period last year. Loaded containers totaled 54,662 TEUs, against 29,833 TEUs in the 2009 period.
Import containers totaled 42,585 TEUs, against 24,637 TEUs in first quarter 2009. Export containers came to 34,274 TEUs, of which 12,077 TEUs were loaded and 22,1975 TEUs were empties. That was against 16,404 containers handled in first quarter 2009, with 5,196 being loaded and 11,206 being empties.
Export traffic led the container growth. "Much of the growth in containerized export cargo is due to the backhaul of Western Canada resource-based commodities to China, including northern British Columbia lumber, logs and aluminum," the Prince Rupert Port Authority said.
The port’s overall traffic came to 4.1 million metric tons in the first quarter this year, up 72.8 percent from the 2.4 million tons in the first quarter last year. There were strong increases in grain exports, as well as lumber, logs and aluminum, and in coal shipments.
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