Port of Tacoma international container volumes improved 20 percent year to date in October, even as peak shipping season began to wind down.
Total container volumes improved 34 percent over the same month last year, with 165,173 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) crossing Tacoma's terminals.
Full import containers improved 26 percent year to date to 490,760 TEUs, while full exports grew nearly 17 percent in the same time period to 360,080 TEUs. For the year, container volumes increased nearly 14 percent to 1,387,761 TEUs.
Container volumes continue to reflect the addition of the Grand Alliance and its associated carriers this summer, as well strong volumes from our established customers.
Meanwhile, intermodal lifts and breakbulk cargo volumes showed continued improvement last month. Intermodal lifts grew 30 percent year to date, reflecting the Port's growing container volumes, and high demand for machinery and construction equipment overseas drove breakbulk volumes up 91 percent on the year.