The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a joint partnership between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, saw a continued fall in total container volumes in April to 23.5 percent year over year, a recent report revealed.
Last month, the combined ports processed more than 247,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), falling 13.9 percent in imports and 17.6 percent in exports year over year.
Triggered by trade disputes with China and the coronavirus pandemic, the ports have seen close to 40 cancelled sailings in the first months of 2020, which has sunk total container cargo volumes 17.5 percent year to date.
Domestic cargo continues to be among the NWSA’s healthiest domestic trade partnerships, particularly with Alaska and Hawaii, though April brought modest volume dips for these as well with a deficit of 2.5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
Visit the NWSA online for the full April report.