Container throughput at the Port of Metro Vancouver surged in the first half of the year thanks in large part to Canada’s economic recovery. The port recorded a 12% increase year on year in the six month period from January to June.
Imports swelled 27% over 2009 to 581,328 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), while exports shrunk by 2% year on year at 446,661 TEU. The total throughput year-to-date including empties stands at 1,163,959 TEU.
The increase is misleading as it draws a comparison to the low base year of 2009. When compared to the record setting year of 2008, the port of Metro Vancouver is down 5%. During the same period that year, the port of Vancouver moved 1,223,390 TEU
Results can be viewed on this link to the Port of Metro Vancouver website, or click on the table below.