NWSA’s container volumes reach 347,278 TEUs in September

Total YTD container volumes up over 4 percent

The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s total container volumes from January through September 2019 reached 2,909,606 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 4.1% increase from the same period last year. Import and export year-to-date volumes grew 1% and 6.9%, respectively.

In September, the NWSA’s overall container volumes reached 347,278 TEUs, a 7.1% decrease from September 2018. International imports were down 13.8%, while exports were down 3.6% for the month. Importers continue to work down excess inventory from front-loading of shipments in advance of tariffs earlier this year.

Domestic container volumes in September increased 1.6% over September 2018. Alaska’s and Hawaii’s year-to-date volumes were up 5.7% and 2.4%, respectively.

Nov. 1, is the last day to submit proposals for cargo operations at Terminal 46, a 50-acre deep-water marine facility in Seattle. The successful proposal will align with and support our goal of growing cargo volumes and creating family-wage jobs in the Puget Sound region while diversifying the gateway’s overall cargo portfolio.

Other cargo highlights:

  • Breakbulk cargo volumes were up 4.6% year to date to 200,503 metric tons.
  • NWSA auto volumes year to date were 118,848 units, up 18.1%.

View the September 2019 cargo reports: