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April a Strong Month for West and East Coast Ports

By Ari Ashe, Staff Reporter
5/22/2017

The top North American ports had another strong month in April as larger vessels begin to arrive and drop off more containers in a single stop than ever before.

The Georgia Ports Authority processed 333,006 industry-standard 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, a 12% increase compared with April 2016. The total number of imports, both loaded and empty, rose 12% to 163,092 and exports improved 11% to 169,914.

The Port of Savannah ranks No. 4 in North America based on annual container volume. “

Savannah has established itself as a premier gateway serving the Eastern United States,” said Griff Lynch, GPA’s executive director. “Our team is not only keeping pace with record volumes, but has managed to set new industry standards in cargo velocity, berth productivity and congestion free gates.”

Through the first four months, dockworkers have transported 1.3 million TEUs, up 10% from 2016. The port has recorded year-over-year gains and processed more than 300,000 TEUs each month so far in 2017.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which consists of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington and ranks No. 5 in North America, posted a 0.5% gain in container traffic to 282,775 TEUs versus 2016 levels. However, international-based business increased 8% to 226,955 while traffic with Alaska and Hawaii dropped double-digits. International imports rose 1.3% to 117,950 and exports jumped 16% to 109,005.

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