The Port of Virginia handled 198,329 20-foot-equivalent units in August, putting it among the top 5 all-time most productive months for container volumes in the port’s history.
“August was another solid month at the Port of Virginia, and speaking in terms of TEUs, we’re ahead of August 2012 by more than 5 percent,” said Rodney W. Oliver, interim executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, in a written statement.
In terms of TEUs handled, August was the fourth best single month, after volumes of 205,137 TEUs in July 2013, 199,448 TEUs in October 2007 and 198,720 TEUs in November 2012.
Import TEUs in August tallied 97,747, and exports were 100,582, year-over-year increases of 1.8 percent and 8.8 percent respectively. For the calendar year, imports were up 8.8 percent and exports rose 5.2 percent.
“For the calendar year, we’re almost 7 percent ahead of where we were this time last year,” Oliver said. “We expect the heavy flow of peak season cargo to continue, but as the retail season approaches we expect it to taper a bit, which is normal.”
“We’re also setting records in rail volume,” Oliver added. “August was the first time we’ve handled more than 40,000 containers in a month.”