The Port of Mobile has marked its third-highest lift in container volumes in September, seeing a 27% year to date increase over the same period as the previous year.
Refrigerated containers continued its robust pace in September, posting the second-highest volumes in 2021, growing 46.7% compared to the same period in 2020. Supporting this increase was the port’s $74 million refrigerated facilities investment which supported its cold cargo supply chain.
“Added vessel calls to support Asia trade, coupled with domestic retail consumption and increasing congestion through traditional west and east coast gateways, contributed to shifts in supply chains as shippers seek both capacity and faster service into Memphis and Chicago via the port’s new container intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF),” said the Port of Mobile in a statement.
The ICTF has also reported its second-highest volume since operations began – as year to date 2021 intermodal rail volume grew 223% compared to the same period in 2020, and 703% compared to the same period in 2019.
This comes after the news that the port processed 327,003 TEU in August 2021, a 34% increase compared to the same period in 2020. The port has been growing throughout 2021 and is expected to exceed 500,000 TEU by the end of the year.