NWSA Handles Over 210,000 TEUs In January

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In January 2024, the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) handled a total of 211,283 TEUs, translating to a marginal decline of 0.9% from the same month in 2023.

Trade volume increased

Overall, international trade volumes experienced a moderate increase of 0.4% year-on-year, at 165,268 TEUs. Full international imports amounted to 80,410 TEUs, reflecting a 1.7% increase compared to the previous year. Full international exports saw a more significant surge, reaching 46,215 TEUs, marking a noteworthy 19.6% rise.

Auto Unit shipments surged

According to a statement, auto unit shipments surged by 27% this month, bolstering a consistent uptrend in international trade. Both imports and exports showcased robust growth, with imports rising by 1.7% and exports skyrocketing by 19.6% compared to the previous year.

Situated in Wallula, Washington, the newly operational intermodal ramp operated by Tri-Cities Intermodal (TCI) promises direct rail access for Washington’s agricultural exporters to NWSA marine terminals and global markets.

Meanwhile, domestic container traffic dipped by 4.9% in January 2024 compared to the same period last year, with Alaska witnessing a 6.5% decline while Hawaii experienced a 5.8% increase.

Breakbulk volume surged

In other cargo segments, total breakbulk volume surged by 11.6%, reaching 34,833 metric tons year-to-date. The automotive sector also thrived, with shipments totalling 30,102 units, marking a notable surge of 27.1%, while strong consumer demand for automobiles continues to underpin this performance.

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Source : Container news

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