PORTLAND (AP) — Officials say container shipments have increased by more than 1,300 percent since 2011 at the Port of Portland, which lost a lot of container business following the Great Recession.

The Portland Press Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1sBMi8J ) the Maine International Trade Center says container shipments at the port have ballooned from 7,400 metric tons in 2011 to 105,523 metric tons in 2015.

Part of the reason for the enormous increase is attributed to the growth of Eimskip, the port’s largest cargo operator. The Icelandic shipping company has upped its refrigerated cargo service by approximately 20 percent each year since arriving in Portland in 2013.

MITC president Janine Bisaillon-Cary says Maine’s export numbers for last year outpaced the national average. The state exported more than $2.7 billion worth of goods in 2015.


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