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Port Traffic Statistics: Mexico, North Carolina

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Mexico: First Quarter Grains for Cargo and Cruise Traffic 

Mexico’s port system processed just over 71.1 million metric tons of cargo during first quarter 2015, an increase of 1.4 percent from a year ago, according to "preliminary" data compiled and reported by the federal port agency, Coordinación General de Puertos y Marina Mercante. Imports accounted for 23.1 million tons (+9.5 percent), exports for 30.4 million tons (-3.7 percent) and domestic shipments for 17.6 million tons (+1.0 percent).

The first quarter was marked by double-digit growth for break bulk, moderate gains for containerized cargo and agribulks, and declines for mineral bulks and non-petroleum liquids. Other positives were posted by container box volume, the auto trade (with exports alone up 48.6 percent), and ship arrivals. It was a strong quarter, too, for Mexico’s cruise sector, with increases from a year ago in passengers and vessel calls of 12.2 and 8.2 percent, respectively.

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North Carolina: Double-Digit Container Traffic Growth at Wilmington

Container throughput at North Carolina’s Port of Wilmington jumped 20.7 percent during first quarter 2015, to 72,451 TEUs from 60,028 a year ago, according to the North Carolina State Ports Authority (SPA)-. In March alone, volume skyrocketed 34.4 percent, putting the port on track for a record year. The port’s containerized cargo tonnage also grew robustly, posting increases from a year ago of 17.0 percent for the month and 12.6 percent for the quarter.

"We have an unparalleled commitment to meeting customer demands," said Greg Fennell, the ports authority’s chief commercial officer. "Our high vessel and terminal productivity keeps ships on schedule and reduces inventory and logistics costs. Our [fiscal year] third quarter container numbers are a result of our customer’s confidence in delivering a reliable service."

North Carolina's Ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in Greensboro, link the state's consumers, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. Port activities contribute statewide to 76,700 jobs and $707 million each year in state and local tax revenues.

Container ship at berth at the Port of Wilmington
Photo/North Carolina State Ports Authority

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