Seattle, Tacoma Port Container Volumes Dip 22% Due to COVID-19
Total container volumes dropped 21.6% in March 2020 compared to the previous year at ports of Seattle and Tacoma. The Northwest Seaport Alliance reported the two ports handled 264,133 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) this March.
During the first quarter of 2020, there was a total of 32 void sailings due to a combination of lingering trade dispute and the pandemic. Of the 32 canceled sailings, 19 were in March as unprecedented disruptions from COVID-19 rippled across the global supply chain.
The NWSA says the ports handled 788,882 TEUs year to date, a 15.4% decline from the same period last year. Full imports and exports declined 19.3% and 4.9%, respectively.
Despite disruptions in the international supply chain, domestic cargo volumes between the NWSA and Alaska remain healthy, ensuring that the essential household goods and emergency supplies continue to flow to the state. Alaska’s container volumes through March were up 0.9%.
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