Port of Baltimore sets new monthly auto record in August

More than 65,000 cars and light trucks were shipped through the port of Baltimore in August, a new monthly record for the state-owned terminals, officials announced Thursday.

Due to its inland location and highway and rail connections, Baltimore’s port has been ranked the nation’s top port for autos for several years. It handled a record 807,194 in 2017 and set the previous monthly record — 61,000 — in May.

“The Port of Baltimore continues to be a leading economic engine for our state, supporting thousands of hardworking men and women who ensure the safe handling of record-breaking amounts of cargo each year,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement.

The port had its best fiscal year, ending in June 2018, by general cargo tonnage, with nearly 11 million tons, and set tonnage records in the second quarter and the first six months of the year, officials said.

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