The Maryland Port Administration announced that 2014 was a banner year for certain commodities passing through the Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals.
According to the state, the public terminals handled 9.7 million tons of overall total general cargo last year. General cargo includes items such as autos, containers and forest products.
“The Port of Baltimore is one of Maryland’s most important economic assets, and it will play an integral role in our efforts to help grow the state’s economy,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a news release. “My administration is focused on building Maryland’s reputation as a place that’s ‘Open for Business,’ and the port can play a pivotal role in spreading this message while also delivering real economic growth.”
The port, when combining cargo from public and private terminals, set a record when it imported 792,795 cars, topping the previous year’s mark of 752,100 cars . The port has imported the highest number of cars of any port in the United State for the past four years.
Combined public and private terminals brought in 29.5 million tons of cargo last year that represented $52.5 billion. Baltimore ranks the highest in the nation for importing commodities such as cars, imported sugar and construction machinery.
Overall, the port is responsible for 14,630 direct jobs, $3 billion in personal wages and $300 million in state and local taxes.
2014 International Cargo Records at the Port of Baltimore
Autos (public and private terminals)
- 2014: 792,795
- Previous record: 752,100 (2013)
Export Autos (public terminals)
- 2014: 259,312
- Previous Record: 237,397
Containers (public terminals)
- 2014: 484,410
- Previous record: 439,802 (2013)
General Cargo (public terminals)
- 2014: 9.7 million tons
- Previous record: 9.6 million (2013)