Virginia container volume was static in November

The Port of Virginia’s TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) volume was 239,890 units, in November just 680 units shy of last November’s total.

Contributors to the static volumes, said John F. Reinhart, the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, were close management of empty containers and an intentional effort to limit some export cargo that would normally move across Virginia. These efforts were implemented to reduce overutilization of current capacity and to assist efforts to improve truck service times during the peak cargo season.

“We are focusing on moving cargo in and out of our terminals more effectively as construction continues in parallel,” Reinhart said. “We are limiting the movement of empty containers to help create space within our operation. In November, we evacuated almost 48,000 empty containers and limited the number of empty imports to 2,000. This effort is creating the room we need during construction to concentrate on moving loaded boxes.”

In addition, the port put a temporary hold on containers of grain for export. Because of their weight, many of these containers arrived on long, single-stack trains that required more resources to work. The result slowed the processing of rail cargo, Reinhart said.

“These are interim moves necessary for us to maintain our efficiency. We knew there would be some unforeseen challenges during construction. Our projects are on schedule and on budget, our team is responding well and we are employing strategies to ensure cargo flow. Still, we know we can do better.”

Source: Port of Virginia

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