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Port of Tacoma cargo statistics: Tacoma's intermodal volumes continue strong

Breakbulk exports grow, international container volumes dip

Continued increases in international and domestic intermodal container traffic helped drive the Port of Tacoma's intermodal volumes up 16 percent through February. This is the fourth month in a row that intermodal volumes have increased.

For the same time period, total container volumes dropped by 4 percent. This dip reflects a predicted decline in international container volumes in February as factories in China closed their doors for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Other year-over-year Tacoma cargo results:

  • Breakbulk volumes rose 51 percent, piqued by strong demand for construction and agriculture equipment.
  • Imported auto units are up 7 percent, illustrating improving U.S. auto sales.
  • Log exports slipped 28 percent, due to a slowing Chinese real estate market and the general economy.

The economy appears to be picking up gradual steam. Certain parts, however, such as employment and housing, remain weak. High gasoline prices over the next few months also could affect consumer confidence and retail sales.

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