Strong September Volumes

October 10, 2017

Contact: Joseph D. Harris Spokesman
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Strong September Volumes; Service and Efficiency Remain Consistent as Construction Progresses Port Tracking for Strong Finish in 2017

NORFOLK, VA – The Port of Virginia® moved 237,816 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September, which is growth of nearly 8 percent, and container volume up nearly 9 percent when compared with the same month last year.

“Our gate volume was up nearly 15 percent, barge volume to Richmond Marine Terminal was up more than 12 percent and automobiles moving across Newport News Marine Terminal increased more than 28 percent, on a year-over-year basis,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). “We are processing this volume safely, with continued efficiency, consistent service and mitigating adverse impacts on the operation during construction.

“We are making headway on the expansion at Virginia International Gateway and tracking according to schedule. The first RMGs (rail-mounted gantry cranes) are set for delivery in January 2018 and we will be ready.”

And with three months remaining in the year, the port is tracking for a positive finish to 2017. On a calendar-year basis, total TEU volumes are up 7.5 percent; containers up 8 percent; rail, up 4 percent; trucks, up 9.4 percent; and barge, up 26.5 percent.

“We are seeing continued growth in all of our trade lanes, good peak-season volume and anticipate a solid performance for the remainder of the year,” Reinhart said. “We are now participating in the USDA’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program, which clears a direct route to Virginia for fresh fruit and perishables from South America. This program will create an opportunity for further diversification of our cargo mix.

“Further, our work to develop a reservation system for motor carriers was recognized by the Federal Highway Administration and as a result, we received a $1.55 million federal grant to continue our effort. We have forward momentum in several areas and as it all comes together, the result is economic development, investment and job creation for Virginia.”

September Cargo Snapshot

  • Loaded Export TEUs – 76,794, down 6.2%
  • Loaded Import TEUs – 109,716, up 9.5%
  • Containers – 135,042, up 9.1%
  • Virginia Inland Port Containers – 3,243, down 5.4%
  • Truck Containers – 84,520, up 15%
  • Rail Containers – 46,523 down 1.4%
  • Total Barge Containers – 3,999, up 30%
  • Richmond Barge Containers – 1,705, up 12%
  • Vehicle Units – 1,932, up 28.5%

The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VPA owns and through its private operating subsidiary, Virginia International Terminals, LLC (VIT), operates four general cargo facilities Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County. The VPA leases Virginia International Gateway and Richmond Marine Terminal. In fiscal year 2013, The Port of Virginia provided more than 374,000 jobs and generated $60.3 billion in total economic impact throughout the Commonwealth.