NWSA volume growth trend continues

The Northwest Seaport Alliance handled a total of 330,517 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 7.1% compared to September 2020. Full imports grew 0.2%, while full exports decreased 14.6%.

Year-to-date volumes improved 15.9% to 2,803,355 TEUs, with full imports growing 22.5% and full exports declining 11.4%.

This month we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of the intermodal rail service between NWSA and Minot, North Dakota. The service increased international export capacity for agricultural shippers in the upper Midwest and brought additional cargo to the gateway, supporting more family-wage jobs in the Puget Sound region.

Domestic volumes grew 13% vs. YTD 2020. Alaska volumes saw a 5.7% increase while Hawaii volumes grew 27%.

Other cargo stats:

  • Breakbulk YTD September 2021 cargo volumes grew 22.1% to 264,909 metric tons.
  • Auto volumes were 127,562 units, up 17.4% over YTD September 2020.

View the September 2021 cargo reports: