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The Port’s latest figures, released at the end of May, show cargo and other categories have made impressive rebounds from the lows of the pandemic. Several categories achieved year-over-year gains compared to April 2020, with autos/light trucks up 23.5%, roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) farm and construction equipment up 30% and general cargo up 7%.

When compared to low points last May and June due to COVID-19 impacts, the April numbers for autos/light trucks were even more significant. The cars and light trucks category saw 34,672 units in April, an increase of 97% over a low point in May 2020. Containers, with 50,866 boxes, were up 7% against their low point in June 2020, and the general cargo category, which includes all main public-terminal commodities — autos/light trucks, containers, forest products and ro/ro — was up 28%.

“Big things are happening at the Port of Baltimore,” said William P. Doyle, Executive Director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). “Our cargo figures are bouncing back strong. Farming and construction are picking up once again — worldwide — and American-made equipment is being exported to global markets through the Port of Baltimore. Consumers also are making more purchases online, and with our incredible local e-commerce logistics network, we are handling the increased demand.”

The Port of Baltimore continues to gain new business and expand its business from existing customers. The Port’s recent volume includes 21 “ad hoc” ship calls from mid-July 2020 through April 2021, totaling more than 31,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) containers. Ad hoc ships are vessels that were diverted to Baltimore and were not on a regularly scheduled service.