Port Tracker point to volume gains, and a record 2018, while potential tariff hikes await

Port Tracker reported that U.S.-based retail container ports handled 1.97 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), in December, the most recent month for which data is available. This represents an 8.8% increase compared to November and a 13.9% annual gain. Total 2018 volume, at 21.8 million TEU, topped 2017’s 20.5 million TEU by 6.2%, setting a new record in the process.