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Tacoma's export container volumes, autos and breakbulk cargoes remain strong


Full export container volumes through the Port of Tacoma are up 15 percent year to date through October. Strong performing containerized export sectors include wood and waste products, paper and paperboard, and grain.

About 70 percent of the Port's containerized export cargoes originate in Washington state, with about half being agricultural products.

The Port's year-to-date container volumes through October are up 2 percent, with the Port handling 1,230,723 TEUs. Full import container volumes are down 2 percent for the same time period. Slowing imports continue to reflect tightened consumer spending, as the economy lags.

Other year-to-date cargo highlights include:

  • Auto imports (units) are up 40 percent, reflecting the overall strength of auto sales in the U.S.
  • Breakbulk tonnage is up 60 percent, driven by agricultural, industrial and construction machinery exports.
  • Log exports are up 76 percent, due to strong market demand in China.
  • Grain exports are down about 4 percent.

Despite a sluggish economy, the Port overall has handled 14 million tons of cargo, a 4 percent increase from last year.

See all Port cargo stats.

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