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Strong exports, growing auto imports mark Tacoma's November volumes

Full containerized exports through the Port of Tacoma remain strong, with year-to-date November volumes up 14 percent.

Agricultural products continue to be a big part of Tacoma's containerized exports, including specialty grain, also known as "identity-preserved" grain. The containerized grain is primarily corn and soybeans shipped to Tacoma from the Midwest for export to Asian markets.

Other strong containerized export sectors are paper, paperboard and wood products.

Meanwhile, full import containers are up 1 percent, reflecting U.S. consumers' continued reluctance to open their wallets.

Tacoma is also a major exporter of grain in bulk. Based on tonnage, grain is the Port's leading export commodity. More than 5 million tons have been exported through Tacoma year to date through November.

Other year-to-date cargo highlights include:

  • Auto imports (units) are up 36 percent, reflecting the continued strength of auto sales in the U.S.
  • Breakbulk tonnage is up 71 percent, driven by agricultural, industrial and construction machinery exports.
  • Log exports are up 69 percent.
  • Tacoma handled nearly 16 million tons of cargo, a 6 percent increase.

See all cargo stats on our website.

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