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PhilaPort breaks monthly cargo records

Staff Writer |
PhilaPort handled 667,069 metric tons of cargo in August, achieving its highest ever monthly total.

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The Port of Philadelphia also broke new records for monthly container throughput, moving 54,185 TEUs, and forest products, which reached 109,604 metric tons last month.

The previous record for total monthly tonnage was reached back in May of 2017, when 625,935 metric tons were handled.

In the important container cargo segment, the old record was 50,152 TEUs, which was achieved in January 2017. Container volumes are recorded in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

The total tonnage of the cargo inside PhilaPort’s August containers was 376,517 metric tons, which also constituted a new record.

Another new monthly volume record was broken in forest products. Several PhilaPort facilities handle this renewable resource, including the Philadelphia Forest Products Center (Penn Warehousing & Distribution), Tioga Marine Terminal (Delaware River Stevedores), and Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (Greenwich Terminals).

Leading categories include paper, pulp, and lumber. The former record for forest products was set back in September 2016, when 108,980 metric tons crossed the docks. â– 

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