The container import and export business, the Port of Tacoma’s most important trade category, continued its roller coaster ride in August. Container numbers were down 2.6 percent last month.
That business was trending upward for seven months through April this year, but reversed direction in May. That activity fell again in June by 11.1 percent before rising again in July by 3.9 percent.
For the year through August, the container trade is up by 1.9 percent.
Other categories of the port’s business are posting handsome gains. Breakbulk cargoes are up by 69.1 percent. Log exports are up by 140.3 percent and auto imports were higher by 57.9 percent propelled by strong sales of Kia autos from Korea that enter the U.S. thorugh Tacoma.