The Port of Virginia handled 205,137 20-foot-equivalent units in July, setting a new record for single-month cargo volume.
Export TEUs in July tallied 106,363, while import TEUs were 98,774, representing year-over-year gains of 12.7 percent and 14.9 percent respectively. Overall volume was up 13.7 percent compared with July 2012.
From January to July, the port moved 1.25 million TEUs, up 7.2 percent year-over-year.
“In July, we saw a nice balance of import and export cargo — a bit heavier on exports — meaning customers are taking advantage of those first-in and last-out port calls here,” said Rodney W. Oliver, interim executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, in a written statement. “The record-high container volume also marks the best fiscal-year start in the port's history.”
“Additionally, our rail volume continues to be strong: in July, we handled 37,985 rail containers and that figure represents the second-best month for rail in the history of the port, after the all-time record set earlier in May,” Oliver said.