Forest products spur Port of Philadelphia cargo growth

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Forest products spur Port of Philadelphia cargo growth

July 26, 2013 - 07:02
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With 2,519,967 metric tons (tonnes) of cargo handled during the first six months of 2013 compared to the 2,217,803 tonnes of cargo handled during the same period of 2012, the facilities of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority experienced a 13.62 percent gain in cargoes handled. If current cargo trends continue throughout the remainder of the year, 2013 will be the fourth straight year of double-digit cargo growth at the Port of Philadelphia.

Among the highlights of these Year-To-Date (YTD) cargo figures are the following:

With 1,184,147 tonnes of containerized cargoes handled January to June, 2013 compared with the 1,002,911 tonnes handled during that same period of 2012, containerized cargo tonnage was up a healthy 18%. Counted as TEUs, 168,820 TEUs of containers were handled YTD 2013 compared with the 135,656 TEUs handled during the same period of 2012, resulting in a 24% gain.

Breakbulk cargoes (which are cargoes, often palletized, that are not shipped in containers) were overall up a strong 18%, as well, when comparing the same two periods of 2012 and 2013. This is due in part to healthy growth among the following specific cargoes:

With 209,823 tonnes of forest products handled January-June 2013 compared with the 168,012 tonnes handled during the same period of 2012, forest products, which include newsprint, fine coated paper (used to print catalogs and magazines), pulp, and lumber, were up 25%. These cargoes principally arrive at PRPA's Forest Products Distribution Center at Piers 78/80 & 74.