John Gillie has this story in the Biz Buzz blog at the Tacoma News Tribune:
The Port of Tacoma’s dominant business eked out an increase last year, new statistics show, but that business volume remains far below its pre-recession highs.
The port’s terminals handled 1,488,799 cargo container units last year, figures released by the port this week show. That’s 2.3 percent above the 1,455,466 the port saw in 2010.
The port’s container business had fallen every year since 2006, when the port handled 2,067,185 container units. The business bottomed out in 2010.
The port’s higher container volume still falls substantially short of that of its Puget Sound rival, the Port of Seattle. Seattle reported this month 2.03 million container units passed over its docks last year. That’s a 5 percent decrease from last year.