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Port reports record six months in cargo traffic

Cargo handling at the

Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore

reached pre-recession levels for the first half of 2012, continuing a two-year surge in traffic, state officials announced Thursday.

On the strength of roll-on/roll-off, vehicle and container business, a record 4.83 million tons of general cargo passed through the public terminals, besting the old mark of 4.69 million tons set in the first six months of 2008. The 2012 total is also 10 percent ahead of 2011 figures.

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The record traffic this year "proves that one of Maryland's main economic engines has fully bounced back from one of the most challenging economic periods in our country's history," Gov.

Martin O'Malley

said in a statement.

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