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Seattle port group blames virus for 19pc box volume loss in January

THE Northwest Seaport Alliance saw its total container volume for January fall by 19 per cent year on year to 260,000 TEU, with imports down by 21 per cent, and exports falling by 20 per cent

Seattle port group blames virus for 19pc box volume loss in January

THE Northwest Seaport Alliance saw its total container volume for January fall by 19 per cent year on year to 260,000 TEU, with imports down by 21 per cent, and exports falling by 20 per cent

24 February 2020 - 19:00

THE Northwest Seaport Alliance saw its total container volume for January fall by 19 per cent year on year to 260,000 TEU, with imports down by 21 per cent, and exports falling by 20 per cent.

Domestic container volumes in January decreased by 8.5 per cent compared to January 2019. Alaska's year-to-date volumes were down 13 per cent, while Hawaii's year-to-date volumes rose by the same percentage amount. Hawaii volumes benefited from an extra vessel call in January, reported Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.



In the non-containerised cargo segment, breakbulk volumes dropped by 11 per cent, and auto volumes plunged by 30 per cent year on year, falling to 10,500 units.



The NWSA said in a statement that it continues to monitor shipping developments related to the coronavirus outbreak, and like other stakeholders, it predicts negative impacts worldwide - including the Seattle and Tacoma gateway to the American market.



According to Alphaliner, the coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation of half of all transoceanic box ship sailings out of China since late January, removing 1.7 million TEU of capacity. The negative impact of those blanked sailings will start to surface in the February numbers of US west coast seaports.


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