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NWSA suffers another blow to cargo volumes

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) has seen decreased container volumes in July, as the authority reported delays and service suspensions.

Total container volumes for the month dropped by 15.9 per cent to 260,572 TEU, with full imports declining by 30.4 per cent and full exports by 16.8 per cent year-over-year.

Year-to-date (YTD) volumes have also declined by 5.6 per cent to 2,067,304 TEU, with full imports and exports declining 10.3 per cent and 23.3 per cent respectively.

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NWSA said that container volumes have been negatively impacted by reduced vessel calls, resulting from vessel delays at other ports and ongoing service suspensions.

The news follows last month’s figures, when NWSA reported a 4 per cent drop in volumes owing to increasing congestion at ports.

As several major container ports in the US are experiencing elevated levels of congestion since the late-pandemic cargo boom, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is considering emergency measures to contain disruption.

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