A snapshot of what comes through Alaska’s biggest port:
• 10,000 containers and trailers a month packed with clothing and books, furniture and food, appliances and electronics — 90 percent of the consumer goods that come into Southcentral and the Interior.
• 4,300 vehicles a month. That includes new cars and trucks destined for dealerships, used vehicles heading in or out of Alaska, and commercial vehicles such as dump trucks.
• 11 million barrels of fuel a year, including all the fuel used at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and much of what is used at Stevens International Airport and in private vehicles, planes and boats along the Railbelt. About 1.7 million barrels of the fuel is shipped out to rural Alaska on barges.
• 90 percent of the cement used for concrete in the Railbelt. Enough was brought in last year to pave a 4-inch-thick, 4-foot-wide concrete sidewalk from Kenai to Barrow and back.
• More than 400 ships the first 10 months of 2010, up by about 100 from the same period of the year before.
• More than 18,000 pieces of military cargo — Stryker and Humvee vehicles as well as containers of gear — have passed through since the Defense Department designated it as a national strategic port in 2005.
Source: Port of Anchorage