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Seattle container volume surges

Seattle container volume surges
The Port of Seattle saw huge gains in container volume in February, while container volumes at its Pacific Northwest neighbors Tacoma and Portland were mostly down compared to the same month last year.

Seattle Container Volume Surges 48.5 Percent

The Port of Seattle saw huge gains in container volume in February, while container volumes at its Pacific Northwest neighbors Tacoma and Portland were mostly down compared to the same month last year. Seattle, which benefited from a joint service of Maersk Line and CMA CGM that began last June, recorded especially strong gains. Seattle's inbound containers were up 84 percent compared to February 2009, exports increased 49.2 percent and total container volume was up 48.5 percent.

Year-to-date, Seattle's inbound volume increased 55 percent, outbound 56.4 percent and total container volume 33.3 percent compared to the first two months of 2009.

Imports through Tacoma were down 25 percent in February, with exports down 18 percent and total volume down 19 percent. Year-to-date, Tacoma's imports declined 22.1 percent, exports were down 12.2 percent and total cargo volume was down 16.7 percent compared to the first two months of 2009.

Imports in Portland increased 4 percent in February compared to the same month last year. Exports dropped 36 percent and total container volume was down 21 percent. Year-to-date, imports in Portland declined 0.6 percent, exports were down 25.8 percent and total container volume was down 16 percent compared to the first two months of 2009.

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