According to figures from the American Journal of Transportation, outbound shipments at the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), which includes the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, overall exports to China fell by 32% in 2018 versus 2017. So far, the figures show exports out of NWSA are down 21% this year as of the end of March. In 2017, agriculture exports out of NWSA were valued at $5 billion. In 2018, that figure dropped to nearly $3.5 billion.
Exports to China of apples are down by 26% and cherries are down by 33.4%.
The Port of Oakland showed slight increases in March and April 2019 this year; but overall exports were down in 2018.
“We have been shipping a lot of empties back to Asia,” said Mike Zampa, Port Spokesperson, indicating this could be part of the increase in exports from the Port of Oakland.