Ports of Seattle and Tacoma container volumes down 15% last month

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) announced that its November overall container volumes totaled 271,178 TEUs, a 15.1% decrease from an unusually high November 2018.

International imports were down 19.5%, while exports were down 17.8% for the month. In response to light volumes resulting from the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, shipping lines canceled nine scheduled vessel calls in November, compared to five in November 2018.

Domestic container volumes in November increased 2.9% over November 2018. Alaska’s and Hawaii’s year-to-date volumes were up 5.8% and 1.9%, respectively.

The Alliance’s total container volumes from January through November 2019 reached 3,490,851 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 1.2% increase from the same period last year. Imports fell 2.6% while exports grew 3.5%.

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

Source: NWSA

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