NWSA YTD TEU volumes down 2.7%

International imports remain strong

NWSA April volumes were impacted by ongoing COVID-related lockdowns at key origin ports in China. April 2021 was also a near-record volume month for imports, which artificially amplifies year-over-year comparisons. April volumes decreased 12.2% to 266,635 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), with full imports declining 18.1% and full exports declining 22% year-over-year.

YTD import volumes are tracking pre-COVID levels, while laden exports continue to struggle from reduced service capacity. Year-to-date volumes declined 2.7% to 1,167,869 TEUs, with full imports and exports declining 3.6% and 26.6%, respectively.

Domestic volumes decreased 0.2% compared to YTD April 2021. Alaska volumes decreased 0.5% while Hawaii volumes grew 0.8%.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced additions to America’ Marine Highway Program (AMHP), including Northwest Connect: Critical Lifelines between Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington. This new designation on the M-5 Marine Highway Route will further support the transport of freight between Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington. Seattle and Tacoma have long been hubs for domestic shipping between the U.S. mainland and Alaska and Hawaii. This project designation will enable the NWSA and domestic ocean carriers such as TOTE, Matson, and Lynden to access infrastructure funding opportunities that will support increased trade and job opportunities in our gateway.

  • YTD April breakbulk cargo volumes grew 32.2% for 142,174 metric tons.
  • Auto volumes were 51,534 units, down 10.3% over YTD April 2021.

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