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Baltimore port broke cargo volume record in July


Yesterday, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced that the Port of Baltimore in July handled 853,818 tons of general cargo, breaking the previous monthly record of 852,522 tons set in April 2012. General cargo volume, which rose 24 percent versus June, includes containerized goods, autos, forest products and roll on/roll off equipment, such as farm and construction vehicles.

Through 2012’s first seven months, the port’s tonnage climbed 11 percent year over year. Roll on/roll off volume jumped 32 percent, auto traffic climbed 22 percent, container volume rose 8 percent and wood pulp loads increased 2 percent.

Last year, the port’s volume rose 15 percent from 2010’s level, marking the greatest growth rate of any major U.S. port, O’Malley said in a prepared statement. The port also set seven other cargo records in 2011.

Canton Railroad Co. provides switching services at the port, which is served by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.

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