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NWSA marks sluggish start in 2020

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, sees its total container volume for January 2020 was 263,816TEU, a 19.1% decrease from January 2019.

Following an unprecedented international container throughput for the same month last year — tied to shippers moving cargo ahead of tariffs, it created a larger than usual gap in the year-over-year figures for January 2020, according to NWSA.

The North American alliance reports that imports fell 21.4%, and exports declined 20.5%.

The NWSA also continues to monitor developments of the coronavirus outbreak and expects to see negative impacts to the international trade industry, including the Seattle and Tacoma gateway.

Domestic container volumes in January 2020 decreased 8.5% over January 2019. Alaska’s year-to-date volumes were down 13%, and Hawaii’s year-to-date volumes were up 12.6%. Hawaii volumes benefitted from one additional vessel call for the month over last year.

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