CARGO VOLUME INCREASES BY 6.7 PERCENT AT BALTIMORE

CARGO VOLUME INCREASES BY 6.7 PERCENT AT BALTIMORE

The amount of cargo moving through the Port of Baltimore's public terminals increased by 6.7 percent in July, August and September, continuing an expansion that began 15 months ago.

During the three months, state-owned terminals handled 1.35 million tons, compared with 1.26 million tons for the same period in 1992, the Maryland Port Administration said in a report released Tuesday.For the year, business is up 5.7 percent over the first nine months of 1992.

Increased imports are responsible for the growth in business, the report said. Imports jumped 13 percent in the January-September period to 2.22 million tons.

Steel imports increased 65.3 percent. There also were large increases in containerized cargo, wood pulp and farm and construction equipment imports, the report said.

Adrian G. Teel, executive director of the administration, said the July- September results continue "a positive trend that began 15 months ago that has seen our cargo tonnage and market share steadily increase."

During that period, the port has stemmed the loss of business to other East Coast ports. State officials said construction and renovation of port facilities and an improved labor climate are important factors in the growth of business at the port.