Seattle cargo terminals close

So few shipping containers are coming from China that two Seattle marine cargo terminals shut their gates Friday March 13th, and one stopped all operations — the first time in five years a Seattle terminal has done so, according to local reports.

Cargo volumes have fallen by as much as 30% compared to this time last year, according to Bob Watters, senior vice president of terminal operator SSA Marine. Trucking gates at Terminal 30 and Terminal 18, which are both managed by SSA Marine. Both trucking and maritime operations at Terminal 18 will halt every Friday for the foreseeable future “due to ongoing volume declines,” according to a statement on the website of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which oversees the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma dockside operations.