Ports of Seattle and Tacoma container volumes drop 23.5% year over year

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) announced that it handled 247,675 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in April 2020 as total container volumes declined 23.5% year over year.

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the global supply chain. Compared to April 2019, full imports declined 13.9% while full exports decreased 17.6%.

During the first four months of 2020, the NWSA handled 1,036,556 TEUs. The gateway experienced a total of 39 void sailings through April, driven by the lingering trade dispute with China and the global coronavirus pandemic. As a result, total container cargo volumes are down 17.5% year to date.

Total year-to-date domestic container volumes dipped 2.7%. Alaska and Hawaii volumes declined 2.5% and 4%, respectively.

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

Source: NWSA

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