NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — For a fourth year, the Fraser River Port has posted a record number for cargo throughput, with totals reaching 38,818,547 tonnes in 2005, compared to 36,562,166 in 2004.
The total includes 5,603,190 tonnes of international shipments, and a seven per cent increase in domestic shipping to 33,215,357 tonnes.
A new record in auto shipments through the port’s two major vehicle terminals aided in the overall increase, climbing to 452,618 units, up 15,428 units from 2004. Container traffic also showed significant growth, up 17 per cent to 372,844 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) from 317,582 TEUs in 2004.
Port officials, however, caution the port may experience a reduction in containerized cargo volumes through 2006, following recent consolidations and reallocations of container traffic in the Northwest.
Fraser River Port is Canada’s largest fresh water port and is one of North America’s largest automobile ports, encompassing 270 kilometres of shoreline along the Fraser River from Langley to the Strait of Georgia.
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