A 23.5 percent rise in exports pushed the Port of Tacoma’s loaded container volume up 10 percent in July from the same period a year ago.
Tacoma’s loaded exports in July rose to 26,897 20-foot-equivalent units from 21,789 in same period a year ago, while loaded imports rose 3 percent to 41,380 TEUs within the same period. The port handled 68,277 loaded TEUs total.
Year-to-date totals were 258,892 TEUs for imports, down 3 percent, and 212,202 TEUs for exports, up 15 percent.
Total container volumes, including empties and domestic shipments to and from Alaska and Hawaii, were up 3.9 percent to 122,322 TEUs in July and 2.6 percent to 842,500 TEUs year-to-date.
The port’s auto unit imports were up 45 percent through July, largely due to strong sales of Kia vehicles. Breakbulk tonnage jumped 74 percent, reflecting the peak season for agricultural and construction machinery exports and the addition last February of a monthly vessel call Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.