The Port of Virginia handled 166,719 twenty-foot-equivalent units of containers in March, an increase of 4.4 percent from a year earlier. Volume for the year’s first three months was 478,069 TEUs, up from 472,665 TEUs in the first quarter of 2011.
March breakbulk volume rose 8.6 percent to 32,011 tons, and increased 26.5 in the first quarter to 94,387 tons.
Rail containers handled in March totaled 31,532, up 12.5 percent from a year earlier. First quarter rail container volume was 87,750 boxes, compared with 79,485 a year earlier.
The number of containers moved between the Port of Richmond and the Hampton Roads Harbor on the 64 Express barge service increased 114 percent in March to 779 containers. First quarter volume more than doubled to 2,220 containers from 1,015 a year earlier.