Virus disruptions may cause 20-percent cargo decline at US ports

The coronavirus outbreak has caused major reductions in volume throughput at US ports, which could be down 20 percent in the first quarter, according to the American Association of Port Authorities.

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The coronavirus has cut deeply into the volume of cargo crossing the docks at U.S. seaports in a further sign of the economic turmoil caused by the outbreak.

First-quarter cargo volume at U.S. seaports will be down as much as 20% from the prior-year period due to the coronavirus, according to an estimate from the American Association of Port Authorities, a Washington, D.C.-trade association representing public port facilities.

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