The volume of containers handled by the Port of Virginia rose by a strong 11.2 percent in June from the same month last year for the fifth consecutive month of year-over-year container growth at the port.
June container throughput rose to 168,430 20-foot-equivalent units from 552,430 TEUs a year earlier. Import TEUs jumped 14.8 percent to 78,795 TEUs, while export TEUs climbed 8.2 percent to 89,635 TEUs.
The port also reported increases in other cargo sectors for the first half. The number of rail containers increased by 12.3 percent to 179.178 containers, breakbulk tonnage jumped 11.1 percent 187,762 tons, and vehicle volume soared by 52.2 percent to 18,477 units.
On a year-over-year basis, after a drop in January, container volume at the port increased by 2.2 percent in February, 5.3 percent in March, 4.6 percent in April and 12.4 percent in May.
For the fiscal year 2012 ended June 30, the port’s container throughput increased 3.4 percent to 1.968 million TEUs from 1.903 million the fiscal 2011.