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Ports of Virginia, Houston set cargo volume records in 2022

The Port of Virginia processed more than 3.7 million TEUs last year, up 5.1% from 2021, and recorded an all-time monthly high in May of 341,611 TEUs.
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The ports of Virginia and Houston this week announced they logged record cargo volumes in 2022.

The Port of Virginia processed more than 3.7 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2022, up 5.1% compared with 2021 volumes. The port also logged three of its top four months in all-time container volume during the year, with volumes peaking in May at an all-time high of 341,611 TEUs, Virginia port officials said in a press release.

Rail containers increased 5.8% to 679,838 units, while total containers increased 4.9% to 2,044,043 units. The port also recorded a 6.6% increase in total breakbulk tonnage to 157,385 units.

The Port of Virginia is served by CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway.

Meanwhile, Port Houston logged nearly 4 million TEUs in 2022, up 14% from the previous year, Houston port officials said in a press release.

Houston reported "consistent double-digit growth" at the Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals between January and November 2022, though volumes dipped 12% in December, Houston port officials said. Despite that, it was the port's top December ever for loaded container exports, which increased 7% year over year.

Port Houston is served by the Port Terminal Railroad Association, which is controlled by the port authority, Houston Belt & Terminal Railway Co., BNSF Railway Co., Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific Railroad.