A proliferation of new distribution centers is helping spur dynamic gains in import volumes at The Port of Virginia.
John F. Reinhart, chief executive officer and executive director of The Port of Virginia, made that point in an interview with the American Journal of Transportation.
Reinhart said it is “hard to really prove” that recent import gains at The Port of Virginia are attributable to volumes that shifted from the West Coast during the 2015 slowdowns at ports on the Pacific – and that have continued entering the United States via Atlantic ports rather than reverting to the West Coast.
“What we’re seeing is that, with the distribution centers being built, we’re getting more of those imports coming this way,” he said. “So, is it what was on the West Coast or just natural organic growth? I’m not sure.”
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