Port of Boston handled record number of containers in 2016

The Port of Boston’s Paul W. Conley Container Terminal set a new calendar year record in 2016; with total volume up 5 percent over 2015.

In 2016, 248,391 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) were moved in and out of the terminal, connecting vital goods and services between New England and the world.

“The Conley Container Terminal’s sustained growth is a pillar of the Massachusetts economy, supporting thousands of jobs and local businesses across the Commonwealth, while ensuring people receive the goods they need when they need them,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “A strong, working port is a necessity for continued economic growth which is why I have consistently supported smart investments to keep the Port of Boston’s facilities secure, up to date and competitive.”

2016 saw the volume of both imports and exports rise significantly. Imports were up by more than 5,000 TEUs (4.5 percent) over 2015 and exports grew by nearly 10,000 TEUs (11.7 percent) this year, as more New England-based businesses used Conley to bring their products to the global marketplace.

Absent an unforeseen event, 2017 is expected to carry on with record-breaking volumes at the Port of Boston with the addition in April of new Asia services operated by Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance, respectively.

Source: Massport

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