The Port of Virginia handled 179,518 20-foot-equivalent units in March, increasing 12,799 units, or 7.7 percent, compared with March 2012.
Monthly export TEUs tallied 93,172, and import TEUs reached 86,346, rising 3.1 percent and 13.1 percent respectively.
“We’ve seen growth in January, February and March, and our year-to-date TEU volume is up 6.2 percent, a difference of nearly 30,000 TEUs,” said Rodney W. Oliver, the Virginia Port Authority’s interim executive director, in a written statement. “Given what we’ve seen thus far in 2013, we’re optimistic about the coming months and focusing all of our energy on leveraging this port’s assets to build volumes.”
Meanwhile, the port’s general cargo volume in March continued to improve for the third consecutive month, totaling 1.6 million tons, up 5 percent year-over-year. Total barge volume was 4,262 containers, increasing 11.4 percent, and total rail containers were 36,046, up 14.3 percent. However, Virginia Inland Port containers were 2,877, down 8.6 percent, and total ship calls fell 8.7 percent to 158.