The volume of general cargo moving through the Port of Baltimore continued its downward slide in August, with tonnage dropping more than 4 percent from the same month a year ago. The decline leaves the port nearly 13 percent below where it was at the same point in 1989.
A key barometer of port health, general cargo consists of all goods that are not transported in bulk such as grain and coal. It includes autos, lumber, steel and merchandise carried in standardized cargo containers. The bulk of the jobs at the port are related to handling of general cargo.
The publicly owned terminals at Baltimore handled 407,014 tons of general cargo in August, down from 425,875 the year before. For the year as a whole, the port has moved 3.3 million tons compared with 3.8 million tons the year before, according to statistics released yesterday by the Maryland Port Commission.