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Maryland Transportation System Performance Dashboard 2018 Annual Attainment Report Highlights

Goal: Economic Prosperity


  • Improve the movement of freight and support growth in the flow of goods within and through Maryland.
  • Facilitate opportunities for growth in jobs and business across the State.

Select a Measure:

What We Measure:

Annual tonnage of international cargo at Port of Baltimore for the calendar year (estimate*) and MDOT Maryland Port Administration terminals' annual general cargo tonnage  for the fiscal year.

Why We Measure:

Growth in cargo volume at the Port of Baltimore is an indicator of Maryland's increasing connectedness to the world economy, which in turn helps sustain and create more jobs and income for Maryland workers.

Why Did Performance Change?

  • In FY 2017, MDOT MPA handled 10.3 million tons of general cargo, which is a new fiscal year high-water mark at +5.7% over the FY 2016 record; this is the seventh consecutive fiscal year record for the state’s cargo terminals
  • MDOT MPA’s container tonnage increased 8.7%, imported forest products increased 3.8%, but automobile units were down 2% compared to the prior year
  • Ro/Ro farm, mining and construction equipment fell 7.5% due to weakness in the overseas markets and the strong U.S. dollar; the Port of Baltimore remains the largest Ro/Ro port in the U.S. 
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the Port of Baltimore handled more cars than any other U.S. port in 2016 
  • MDOT MPA’s terminal improvements include complete reconstruction and re-opening of Dundalk Berth 4, development of Beverley Slip for cargo storage, fill and stabilization of the Fairfield Wet Basin, South Locust Point Fruit Slip and flood alleviation improvements at Dundalk Lot 402 
  • Port of Baltimore handled 31.8 million tons of international cargo worth $49.9 billion in 2016; general cargo has about 95% of the international cargo’s value

What Are Future Performance Strategies?

  • Use the 70 acres at the Point Breeze Business Center to benefit the large container ships transiting to the Port from the larger set of locks opened in Panama in June 2016  
  • Continue to coordinate roadway permit issues with MDOT SHA and the City to facilitate cargo movement and positive community relations
  • Continue QCHAT and encourage existing auto processors and Ro/Ro customers to increase cargo volumes and develop new Dundalk gate procedures to increase volumes of POVs as it relates to TWIC escorts 
  • Continue to retain existing forest product customers
  • Attract a new container ocean carrier and a new service to the Port from an existing container carrier 
  • Work with state and regional economic development offices to locate sites to attract new distribution centers to Maryland
  • Continue to work with all stakeholders to develop the Duke property and Sparrows Point as distribution centers
  • Work with MDOT and CSX to enable high cubed double stack train access to/from Seagirt Marine terminals 
  • Work with the City to encourage land use practices and zoning efforts that preserve industrial land and freight routes leading to/from the Port’s terminals
  • Negotiate with manufacturers and international logistics providers to obtain long-term contracts