Port breaks records for con­tain­ers, gen­eral cargo

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD MARYLAND -

The port of Bal­ti­more han­dled a record-break­ing 10.3 mil­lion tons of gen­eral cargo and nearly 908,000 20-foot-equiv­a­lent units of con­tain­ers in the 2017 fis­cal year end­ing June 30, the Mary­land Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced Thurs­day. The records rep­re­sent a 6 per­cent in­crease in gen­eral cargo and a 9 per­cent in­crease in con­tainer vol­ume from the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year, ac­cord­ing to the port ad­min­is­tra­tion. Con­tainer traf­fic has spiked since su­per-sized ships from Asia be­gan ar­riv­ing through the ex­panded Panama Canal last year. A13 per­cent in­crease in pa­per ma­te­ri­als was re­spon­si­ble in part for the port’s gen­eral cargo in­crease. That in­crease was driven by de­mand for pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als, port spokesman Richard Scher said. Low de­mand for min­ing and con­struc­tion equip­ment caused a 7 per­cent drop in the vol­ume of roll-on/roll-off cargo, Scher said. Cars, which re­main the Bal­ti­more port’s top com­mod­ity, slipped 2 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year, which had been a record for the port, he said.

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