Cargo down 12.6% this year at state piers

October 02, 1990|By John H. Gormley Jr.

The amount of general cargo passing over state-owned piers in the first eight months of this year declined by 12.6 percent compared with the same period a year ago, the Maryland Port Administration said yesterday.

For the month of August, the decline was a more moderate 4.4 percent.

Bruce Cashon, the MPA's director of marketing, said the port could take some comfort from the fact that the decline for August was less than that for any other month this year.

Vehicles were the brightest spot in the cargo statistics, as the port's private and state terminals combined for an 18.2 percent increase in August.

Mr. Cashon called the import-car traffic a "pleasant surprise" that he attributed to the building of inventories of cars for the new model year.

For the year to date, however, car shipments were still off 22.9 percent at MPA facilities.

Containerized cargo handled at MPA facilities declined 8.8 percent in August. For the year to date, the decline in containers was 9.2 percent.

Containers are the largest category of of freight handled at the state's piers. Of the 5.5 million tons of cargo handled at state piers during 1989, containers accounted for about 4 million, or about 73 percent.

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