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Port of Baltimore shows September gains after summer COVID-19 lows

Newly released September figures for the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore show volumes at the state-owned, public marine terminals continue to rebound dramatically from lows during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Autos volumes for the month saw a triple-digit improvement from COVID-19 lows in May and even posted the category’s first year-over-year increase since the pandemic.

Containers and general cargo also continue to show impressive increases from COVID-19 lows.

September saw a big increase for automobiles and light trucks arriving at the Port of Baltimore. Compared to the category’s low point in May, the September numbers were significantly higher. And comparing September 2020 to September 2019, autos volumes were up 8%.

While cargo volumes overall remain down year-over-year, September numbers showed a leap compared to June when volumes hit a low point for containers and general cargo. In addition, comparing September 2020 to September 2019, roll on/roll off (farm and construction machinery) exports rose 1.6%.

In addition to higher volumes, the Port continues to gain new business as well as increased business from existing customers.

General Electric/Haier is opening a new gateway on the East Coast by moving additional appliances through the Port of Baltimore and its distribution center in Perryville.

Evergreen Line, already one of the Port’s top container customers, is adding two additional ships from Asia with service through the Suez Canal. The Ever Ethic, which can carry 6,300-Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) containers, is due to arrive at the Port of Baltimore on October 28; and the 7,000-TEU container Ever Shine is scheduled to arrive Dec. 8.

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