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Prince Rupert tops North American box ports in growth growing 13.8pc

LITTLE Prince Rupert on the northern shores of the west coast Canadian province of British Columbia has been named the fastest growing port in North America in 2014, with 13.8 per cent year-on-year growth, according to a Journal of Commerce tally.

Prince Rupert tops North American box ports in growth growing 13.8pc
19 May 2015 - 19:04
Prince Rupert tops North American box ports in growth growing 13.8pc

LITTLE Prince Rupert on the northern shores of the west coast Canadian province of British Columbia has been named the fastest growing port in North America in 2014, with 13.8 per cent year-on-year growth, according to a Journal of Commerce tally.

Its Fairview Container Terminal was recently acquired by DP World, though much of its good fortunes rests of the slowdowns and supply chain sabotage occasioned by the testy longshore union talks which produced US west coast congestion that drove cargo to Prince Rupert through much of last year. 

Next comes Mexico's Pacific port of Manzanillo with its 11.23 per cent growth, which came in ahead of Boston, which grew 11.20 per cent in 2014. 

South Carolina ports, notably Charlestown, grew 10.4 per cent with New Orleans and Georgia ports, notably Savannah, posting 10 per cent growth.

North American ports experienced container volumes increase 2.5 per cent. US ports handled 79.1 per cent of the laden North American container trade, with Los Angeles-Long Beach - the continent's largest port complex, by far - accounting for 32.3 per cent of North American inbound cargo, 19.4 per cent of outbound cargo and 27.1 per cent of total trade.

Mexican ports led the growth in inbound container cargo, with a 9.2 per cent year-on-year increase, outperforming overall North American inbound growth of 6.4 per cent. Inbound cargo grew seven per cent through Canadian ports and 6.1 per cent through US ports.

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