The Northwest Seaport Alliance reached a historic milestone in July, handling a record 1,818,221 international twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) year to date, a 6.2% increase from the prior year. This surpasses the previous record set in 2005 of 1,801,175 TEUs.

Northwest Seaport Alliance handles record international container volumes through July

Total container volumes from January through July 2019 totaled 2,241,764 TEUs, a 6.4% increase from the same period in 2018. Import and export volumes grew 4.2% and 8.3%, respectively.

Total overall container volumes for July reached 326,515 TEUs, a 0.3% decrease from July 2018. International imports were down 5.5%, and exports were up 3.1%. Shipping lines canceled several sailings to manage container capacity in the trans-Pacific trade. In addition, July 2018 was an unusually robust year as shippers increased orders in advance of tariffs.

July also marked the launch of the $500 million Terminal 5 construction project in Seattle. Modernizing the 185-acre container terminal will increase the NWSA’s capacity to handle the largest container vessels serving our gateway.

Domestic volumes in July increased 4.4% over July 2018. This marked the seventh consecutive month of domestic container growth. Alaska’s year-to-date volumes were up 8%. Hawaii’s year-to-date volumes were up 3.4%.

Other cargo highlights:

  • Breakbulk cargo volumes were up 18.3% year to date to 163,650 metric tons.
  • NWSA auto volumes year to date were 97,957 units, up 24.9%.

View the July 2019 cargo reports:

  • Container volumes – July 2019
  • Cargo statistics – July 2019

Source: NSWA (Additional information about Port of Seattle at CruiseMapper)