NWSA February 2021 volumes grow 1%

Full imports continue upward trend with 10% growth

The Northwest Seaport Alliance handled a total of 263,330 twenty-foot equivalent units(TEUs) in February, growing 0.9% compared to February 2020. Full imports increased 10.3%, while full exports decreased 13.6%.

Year-to-date volumes improved 5.1% to 551,619 TEUs, with full imports growing 10.6% and full exports declining 13.5%.

CMA CGM Africa Four, the first vessel to call as part of the new Golden Gate Bridge (GGB) service, arrived at Terminal 18 on February 20. The service was introduced to meet increased e-commerce demand and the need for quicker transit times to U.S. markets. The GGB has a Shanghai-Yantian-Oakland-Seattle-Kaohsiung-Shanghai rotation.

In early February, the Tacoma Harbor welcomed the 15,000 TEU MSC Auriga, the largest container ship to ever call the harbor. The NWSA gateway routinely handles vessels upward of 12,690 TEUs. Recent upgrades to Husky Terminal and the modernization of Terminal 5 ensure that NWSA is well positioned to handle the larger vessels of the future.

For domestic trade, volumes grew 8.4% vs. YTD 2020. Alaska volumes saw a 7.6% increase while Hawaii volumes grew 11.7%.

Other cargo stats:

  • Breakbulk YTD February 2021 cargo volumes grew 28.8% for 44,513 metric tons.
  • Auto volumes were 22,412 units, down 14.1% over YTD February 2020.

View the February 2021 cargo reports: