Container volumes through the Port of Tacoma posted a 15 percent gain year to date through September to more than 1.4 million 20-foot equivalent units.
Full import containers improved 23 percent to 520,765 TEUs on the year, while exports were up 21 percent to 383,029 TEUs. Domestic volumes remained flat, down 1 percent to 341,902 TEUs.
Month-over-month container volumes continued to decline but at a slower pace than the previous month. Volumes fell 5 percent last month compared to September 2012.
In other year-to-date cargo news, intermodal rail lifts grew 16 percent, reflecting the gains in container volumes, and log exports posted a 29 percent increase, though volumes are expected to soften in the fourth quarter as the construction season slows in China. Auto imports remained flat and breakbulk volumes continued to lag behind last year's record-breaking volumes, down 20 percent.