The Northwest Seaport Alliance reached a historic milestone in July, handling a record 1,818,221 international twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) year to date, a 6.2% increase from the prior year. This surpasses the previous record set in 2005 of 1,801,175 TEUs. Total container volumes from January through July 2019 totaled 2,241,764 TEUs, a 6.4% increase from the same period in 2018. Import and export volumes grew 4.2% and 8.3%, respectively.
Total overall container volumes for July reached 326,515 TEUs, a 0.3% decrease from July 2018. International imports were down 5.5%, and exports were up 3.1%. Shipping lines canceled several sailings to manage container capacity in the trans-Pacific trade. In addition, July 2018 was an unusually robust year as shippers increased orders in advance of tariffs.
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