Virginia ports post record container traffic

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Port of Virginia saw record setting container volumes in June and for the fiscal year.

According to the Virginia Port Authority, 186,403 20-foot-equivalent units passed through the port in June and 2.3 million TEU were recorded for the 12-month period that ended June 30.

Rail container shipments increased by 12 percent, barge containers were up 20 percent, truck containers increased by 1.6 percent, and ship calls increased by 1.3 percent.

John Reinhart, CEO of the Virginia Port Authority, said in a news release that container traffic grew 6.5 percent compared with June 2013 figures and that the port is tracking for a record calendar year.

“There are multiple factors that have led us to this point: One is the people of this port, and another is our ongoing effort to improve operational efficiency,” Reinhart said, according to the release.

Port leaders credited the increases to improved cargo systems, the implementation of new technology at terminals, and the creation of a task force to address concerns from motor carriers serving the port.

Future growth could come from exports to the Far East.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in mid-June that a seven-year ban on poultry from the state had been lifted by China.

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