Port of Tacoma reports strong start to 2013

  • US port sees volumes surge 37 percent January through March

The Port of Tacoma saw container volumes surge 37 percent 469,233 TEU to year-over-year during the first three months of 2013.

Increasing demand for industrial machinery, furniture, auto parts and electronics helped container imports at the US port to jump nearly 52 percent, while growth in agricultural and wood products contributed to a 39 percent rise in full containerised exports to 134,867 TEU.

Domestic volumes to Alaska and Hawaii grew 7 percent to 103,458 TEU, when compared to volumes handled in the first quarter of 2012.
Intermodal lifts, log exports and auto imports also posted year-to-date gains through the first three months of 2013.

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