The Port of Virginia handled 175,864 20-foot-equivalent units in June, up 4.4 percent or 7,434 units compared to June 2012, wrapping up the port’s best fiscal year ever.
Export TEUs in June tallied 93,020, while import TEUs were 89,635, year-over-year gains of 3.8 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively.
June’s totals also closed the port’s best performance for the first half of a calendar year. Since January, the port has handled 1.054 million TEUs, up 6 percent year-over-year.
“There are a number of factors that we can attribute this success to: ocean carriers loading their vessels heavy to take advantage of our 50-foot-deep channels, an increasing number of first-in and last-out vessel calls, our expanding rail service, our push into new markets like Greensboro, N.C., and an improving economy,” said Rodney W. Oliver, interim executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, in a written statement. “We’re also seeing a lot of interest to expand operations by some large port users and given that we believe the growth will continue.”
The port handled 2.165 million TEUs in fiscal year 2013, representing a 10 percent increase versus the previous fiscal year.