The Port of Virginia began its July-to-June fiscal year with another record-breaker.
Last month was its best July ever for cargo volume, having handled 234,230 containers, as measured in standard 20-foot units or TEUs, a 7.5% gain from the same month a year ago.
For the first seven months of the calendar year, TEU volume is up 8.2%.
Import-loaded TEUs in July were up 9.1%, year over year, while export-loaded TEUs slipped 1.9%.
Empty outbound TEUs were up 24.8% from the same month last year; empty inbound TEUs were down 20.5%.
“The peak season is underway; we are seeing the large vessels with regularity and handling their corresponding cargo volumes safely and efficiently,” said John Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, in a statement.
Total rail-container volume at the port last month slipped 0.2%, year over year, while truck-container volume surged 13%.
For the first seven months of the calendar year, truck-container volume outpaced rail-container volume, 9.3% to 5.6%, year over year.