Port of Tacoma container volumes continued to climb in July, posting a 6 percent gain year over year and marking the fifth consecutive month of growth.

The Port of Tacoma handled this year’s 1 millionth container in June, and container volumes improved 22 percent year-over-year.

Port of Tacoma container volumes increased 17 percent in May, marking the third straight month of year-over-year growth.

Larger vessels and an early jump on the traditional peak shipping season contributed to the second consecutive month of year-over-year gains in Port of Tacoma container volumes. Containers improved 10 percent in April compared to the same month last year.

Container volumes through the Port of Tacoma bounced back in March, posting an 8.5 percent gain over the same month last year.

Breakbulk cargo and auto import volumes posted gains through February at the Port of Tacoma, but container volumes continued to lag.

The Port of Tacoma benefited from its diversified cargo mix in January, as container volumes got off to a slow start while other cargo categories posted gains.

The Port of Tacoma handled 1.89 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in 2013, returning closer to the 2 million container cargo mark it first reached in 2005.