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Port of Virginia posts growth in container, breakbulk cargo

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The Port of Virginia handled increased container and breakbulk cargo in March.

The Hampton Roads port handled 166,179 TEUs in March, an increase of 4.4 percent over March 2011. So far, the port has handled 478,069 TEUs in 2012, an increase of 1.1 percent when compared to the same time period the year before.

The port’s handling of breakbulk cargo, or cargo that is not transported in containers, grew 8.6 percent to 32,011 tons in March compared to the previous year. Year-to-date breakbulk tonnage increased 26.6 percent to 94,387 tons.

Rail and barge traffic also grew. The number of rail containers in March grew 12.5 percent to 31,532. Year-to-date rail traffic was up 10 percent.

Containers moved on the 64 Express barge service between Hampton Roads and the Port of Richmond grew 114 percent to 779 containers in March.

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