NWSA sees 66.5% jump in imports as Pacific trade continues to boom


The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) handled 330,175 TEU in March, an increase of 25% year-on-year (YoY), while imports increased by 66.5% due to heavy traffic from China.

In a statement, the NWSA said year-on-year (YoY) volumes improved 11.8% to 881,794 TEU, with full imports growing by 27.5% and full exports declining by 12.8%.

The first vessel of ZIM’s Southeast Asia E-commerce Xpress (ZX2) called Husky Terminal on March 23. The service focuses on expediting time-sensitive cargo across the Pacific Ocean.

The ZX2 serves the growing Southeast Asia market, offering shippers more options to move goods through our gateway.

For domestic trade, volumes grew 6.1% YoY 2020. Alaska volumes saw a 3.9% increase while Hawaii volumes grew 15.9%.

The news follows a number of advancements and upgrades at the NWSA. In March 2021 Israel-based container shipping line ZIM launched the E-Commerce Express as it looks to meet greater demand for consumer goods.

In February it announced it had made a strong start to 2021 with a 9.3% increase in January traffic as it continued to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

The US West Coast has seen substantial volumes and congestion since the reopening of trade with China as authorities lifted lockdown measures.

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