NWSA January 2021 volumes increase 9%

Full imports grew 11% as volumes continue upward trend

The Northwest Seaport Alliance handled a total of 288,289 twenty-foot equivalent units(TEUs) in January, growing 9.3% compared to January 2020. Full imports increased 10.9%, while full exports decreased 13.4%.

Wan Hai Lines announced The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Seattle Harbor as the first port of call for its new, independent AA5 service. The service will call Terminal 18 and start in mid-March. The direct connection from Asia to the Pacific Northwest will reduce import transit times and increase loading options for time-critical shipments.

ZIM announced a new expedited transpacific service that will call the Tacoma Harbor. The stand-a-lone ZX2 service will focus on time-sensitive cargo and will start mid-March. The service will call at Husky Terminal, which recently underwent a $250 million modernization project, and will serve the growing Southeast Asia market.

For domestic trade, volumes grew 12.2% vs. last January. Alaska volumes saw a 14.9% increase while Hawaii volumes grew 2.2%.

Other cargo stats:

  • Breakbulk cargo volumes grew 36.3% for 22,425 metric tons.
  • Auto volumes were 9,096 units, down 29.7% over January 2020.

View the January 2021 cargo reports: