The Port of Tacoma reported container volume of 1.08 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first seven months of 2013, an increase of 24 percent year-over-year.
International container volume jumped 35 percent year-to-date, with a 34 percent gain in full containerized imports to 399,663 TEUs and a 32 percent increase in exports to 295,222 TEUs. However, domestic container volume slipped 0.9 percent year-over-year.
Despite the double-digit year-to-date increase, container volume growth appears to be moderating, as expected, according to the Washington port. July marked the first comparison that included the Grand Alliance in both the 2013 and 2012 volumes, although August 2012 was the first full month that Grand Alliance ships called at Tacoma.