Port of Vancouver USA tonnage breaks the 7 million mark in 2016
The port recorded 7.49 million metric tons in 2016, nearly eight percent more than the 2015 record of 6.95 million metric tons.
2016 was great year for exports, which climbed to 6.32 million metric tons from 5.54 million metric tons in 2015 – a 14 percent increase overall. Grain continues to be the largest exports at the Port of Vancouver by volume, and in 2016 these cargoes increased 17.8 percent over 2015.
Some imports, such as wind energy components increased in 2016, but overall imports were down 17 percent in 2016.
Despite impressive gains in overall tonnage, fluctuations in currency and the global economy had an impact on the port in 2016, contributing to a slight decline in operating revenue, which decreased from $38.2 million to $35.9 million.
Leveraging revenue, federal and state grant funds and tax dollars, the port continues to invest in critical infrastructure and assets, including rail, equipment, buildings, dock improvements and skilled staff. ■