Port of Seattle reports cargo record for 2010

| 1/19/2011

The Port of Seattle shipped more than 2.1 million 20-foot equivalent shipping units in 2010 ? surpassing its previous record.

The port believes its streamlined system has helped boost numbers, even during an economic recession.

?The Port of Seattle has worked hard for its competitive advantage, and these numbers reflect

that,? Linda Styrk, Managing Director of the Seaport, said in a statement. ?We have the capacity for larger container ships, we remain fee-free, and have great proximity to rail facilities and major highways.?

The port?s previous cargo record of 2.08 million TEU?s (20-foot equivalent units), was set in 2005.

In a news release, the port also pointed to strong exports throughout 2010, increased ship sizes calling at the port as reasons for its growth.

This year, the Port of Seattle began enforcing its Clean Truck Program, which requires trucks to meet 1994 model year engine emissions standards and be registered with the port?s drayage truck registry.

?There are no fees associated with registering and getting a sticker,? Styrk told Land Line Magazine in early January.

For more information on the Port of Seattle?s new program, click here.