The Port of Tacoma reported container volume in May was 758,071 20-foot-equivalent units, increasing 31 percent year-over-year.
The monthly gain reflects its addition of the Grand Alliance and its associated carriers last July, as well as positive year-to-date growth from established customers, the Washington state port said in a written statement. Without the new volume, the port’s container volume would be up about 3 percent from January to May versus the same period last year.
Full containerized imports jumped 45 percent year-to-date compared with the same period last year, reaching 281,145 TEUs, while exports spiked 38 percent to 213,482 TEUs.
Container volume is expected to continue to show double-digit monthly gains through June and July, but will likely moderate in August, according to the Port of Tacoma. August 2012 marked the first full month of the Grand Alliance calling at Tacoma.