Prince Rupert’s Fairview Terminal sees decline in traffic

Fairview Terminal saw 44,699 twenty-foot equivalent unit move through the operation in October compared to 50,720.5 last October.

Fairview Terminal saw 44,699 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEUs) move through the operation in October compared to 50,720.5 TEUs last October, a drop of 11.87 per cent.

Monthly declines have resulted in a 5.66 per cent decrease in traffic so far this year at Fairview Terminal compared to the same time period in 2012. 445,647.5 TEUs have moved through Fairview year to date in 2013 compared to 472,391.4 in 2012.

Both imports and exports were down in October, with exports seeing the largest decrease. Last month, 20,302.5 TEUs were exported out of Fairview Terminal, down 15 per cent from last October when 23,905 TEUs were exported. On the import side of things, there were 24,396.5 TEUs imported through Fairview last month, compared to 26,815.5 TEUs in October 2012, a drop of nine per cent. Once again, the lower imports and exports has meant a year to date fall of nearly five per cent in imports and 6.5 per cent in exports.

However, all other Port of Prince Rupert operators saw an increase in traffic last month, with Ridley Terminal seeing the highest month-over-month increase. In October, 1,1 million tonnes were moved through Ridley Terminal, increasing 103.6 per cent when compared to last October’s total of 541,606 tonnes. The year-to-date amount went up 16.5 per cent this year, with 10.5 million tonnes being moved thus far in 2013 in contrast to nine million in 2012.

The Prince Rupert harbour saw the second highest increase last month, moving 57,678 tonnes of logs, which is up 103.46 per cent from last October when 28,348 tonnes of logs were moved. This year’s year-to-date total is up 38.16 per cent, with 355,560.7 tonnes of logs being moved in the first 10 months of 2013 compared to 257,349 in 2012.

Prince Rupert Grain also had an impressive month, improving tonnage by 20.67 per cent month-over-month. In October, 604,822 tonnes were moved through Prince Rupert Grain, up from 501,223 in 2012 an improvement of 13.8 per cent.

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