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Port of Halifax Q1 container volume down 16% on COVID19. Exports up.

PortandTerminal.com, April 23, 2020

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Halifax Port Authority reported its first-quarter cargo results today and there were few surprises.

Like ports across North America, container volumes were down as a result of the disruption caused by the COVID19 pandemic. Halifax’s containerized cargo volume was down in the first quarter by almost 16% versus 2019 (110,084 teu vs 130,551 teu).

READ: Port of LA March cargo volume drops nearly 31%

Imports at the Port of Halifax are suffering far more than exports. Port-wide import cargo at HPA & Non-HPA facilities for the first quarter was down a whopping 20.9%.

Exports though are a bright spot at HPA in the first quarter. Port-wide export cargo at HPA & Non-HPA facilities for the first quarter was up 6.5% versus 2019. Cargo was bottlenecked during the national rail disruptions so no doubt, clearing out that backlog is part of the story here.

We reached out to Lane Farguson, spokesperson at the Port of Halifax about the first-quarter results and the outlook for 2020.

“This year will be a challenging year for the Halifax Port Authority as it will for all aspects of the economy,” he said.

Looking forward? “This is a global crisis and our focus right now is working with our port partners to keep the flow of goods moving through our international gateway while at the same time taking the necessary steps to keep essential workers safe” Farguson summarized.

READ: Europe’s Largest Port Says Virus Impact to Get More Severe. 20% decline possible

Cargo operations at the Port of Halifax are fully operational and running smoothly. All cruise activity though in Halifax has been put on hold as it has at all Canadian cruise ports until at least July under federal order.

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