Container volumes through the Puget Sound’s two largest ports grew moderately in May, despite a drop in vessel calls.
Puget Sound container volumes stabilized in April, growing 1 percent year to date to 1,106,384 TEUs.
Robust import volumes pushed March container volumes at the ports of Tacoma and Seattle up 21 percent over March 2014.
Container volumes through the ports of Seattle and Tacoma continued to struggle last month, dipping 9 percent year to date.
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma saw their combined container volumes fall 13 percent in January, continuing a trend that started in November.
Container volumes through Puget Sound’s largest container ports remained flat in 2014, according to numbers released jointly for the first time by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
Productivity issues plaguing U.S. West Coast ports since Oct. 31 prompted the Port of Tacoma’s container volumes to dive 8 percent over the same month last year. It marked the end of eight consecutive months of growth.
Strong import container volumes drove the Port of Tacoma’s October volumes up 17.5 percent
Container volumes through the Port of Tacoma surged in September, posting a 20 percent gain over the same month last year.
Larger vessels and the return of a former customer helped boost Port of Tacoma container volumes 10 percent last month compared to August 2013.