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Virginia's Container Trade up 7.2 Percent, Rail Boxes set Record in May

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The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) reports May was its most productive month of 2013, with container throughput at its terminals up 7.2 percent from a year ago to 191,368 TEUs. Exports accounted for 103,217 TEUs (+5.4 percent) and imports for 88,150 TEUs (+9.3 percent). For the year through May, volume totaled 878,412 TEUs, up 6.3 percent from 826,297 TEUs for January-May 2012.

"May was the fourth best month in our history in terms of TEU volume," said Rodney W. Oliver, PPM®, the VPA’s interim executive director. "On a fiscal year-to-date basis, the eleven months of fiscal 2013, through May, add up to be the best fiscal-year performance in our history. We’re expecting this to continue as more ocean carriers are expressing interest in our deep water and rail connections.

During May as well, the port set a new record for rail boxes handled in a single month: 39,152. The previous record, 37,478 rail boxes, was set in November 2012. Additionally, the proportion of containers entering and departing the port via rail reached a record 35.3 percent in May.
 

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