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Port cargo traffic up 1.2 percent in 2011

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Cargo volume was up 1.2 percent in 2011 over the previous year, according to the Virginia Port Authority.

The port handled 1.9 million TEUs in 2011, up 23,011 compared to 2010.

“We posted growth in all core areas including container volume, in our rail, breakbulk and auto operations and at VIP (Virginia Inland Port),” Jerry A. Bridges, the VPA executive director, said in a statement. “What should be taken into account is that we grew in spite of a weak economy and some larger trade issues that we had absolutely no control over that an adverse impact on our volumes.”

The number of rail containers moved by rail increased 26 percent to 330,330 in 2011, compared with 261,399 in 2010. Other notable changes included a 37 percent increase in breakbulk tonnage and a 35.7 percent increase in the number of cars moved through the port, from 22,948 to 31,147.

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