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Tacoma port ramped up intermodal rail business in 2010


Last year, the Port of Tacoma, Wash., registered total container volume of 1.46 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), down 6 percent compared with 2009 volume.

However, intermodal rail activity was strong, with intermodal lifts up 19 percent, according to the port, which is served by BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad.

“The increase was seen across all aspects of the port's intermodal rail business—international imports, exports, short-haul rail (up to 400 miles) and the domestic intermodal rail business,” said port officials in a prepared statement.

Second-half TEU performance outpaced the first half by 7 percent. Annual domestic container volume, which includes service to Alaska and Hawaii, rose 2 percent.

Port officials expect 2011 container volume to increase 4 percent compared with 2010.