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July 23, 2018

Ports of Seattle and Tacoma saw import containers rise 8.8% in June

June imports at The Northwest Seaport Alliance reached their highest level since 2010 at 144,491 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), with an 8.8 percent increase from last June. At 143,220 TEUs, export volumes reached their highest level since 2005 and were up 14 percent from the prior year volumes.

Total international container volumes, at 287,711 TEUs, increased 11.3 percent year over year.

June volumes foreshadow the strong peak season forecasted by importers. In addition, shippers may be shipping ahead of planned tariffs.

Total container volumes increased 8.6 percent in June 2018 compared to June 2017 for a total of 351,284 TEUs. Total year-to-date volumes are down 2.7 percent.

Breakbulk cargo volume grew 29.3 percent year to date to 120,544 metric tons. At 68,053 units, auto volume was down 8.6 percent year to date.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Combined, the ports are the fourth-largest container gateway in North America.

Source: Northwest Seaport Alliance