May 18, 2020
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) handled 247,675 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in April, a 23.5% year-over-year decline in total container volume.
“The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the global supply chain,” NWSA CEO John Wolfe said during a press conference Monday.
Empty containers moved plunged 38.3% year-over-year, from 276,731 TEUs in April 2019 to 170,622 TEUs this year. Full exports declined 17.6% year-over-year in April and full imports decreased 13.9%.
“During the first four months of 2020, we handled 1,036,556 TEUs. As a result, the total cargo volume is down 17.5% over last year through April,” Wolfe said.
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Source: American Shipper