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May 22, 2018

Ports of Seattle and Tacoma's container volumes decline 1.1 percent in April

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) reports that its total container volumes declined 1.1 percent in April 2018 compared to April 2017 for a total of 279,715 TEUs.

Exports were up 3.3 percent at 112,645 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) amid rising trade tensions. At 111,858 TEUs, import volumes were down 5.2 percent from the prior year volumes. Total international container volumes, at 224,503 TEUs, decreased 1.1 percent from April 2017.

The gateway saw fewer vessel calls in April compared to 2017 due to weather and vessel delays, impacting scheduled arrival dates and overall volumes.

Breakbulk cargo volume grew 29.1 percent year to date to 71,142 metric tons. At 40,960 units, auto volume was down 24 percent year to date, mirroring the overall decline in the North American auto import market.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma.

Source: NWSA