22-09-2016

August LA up 1.6pc to 798,932 TEU, Long Beach off 8.9pc to 641,029 TEU

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THE Port of Los Angeles container volume in August was up 1.6 per cent year on year to 798,932 TEU while the Port of Long Beach throughput fell 8.9 per cent to 641,029 TEU.

The two adjacent San Pedro Bay habours are the two biggest in North America, and account for more than 40 per cent of US imports. 

West coast port volumes, especially in first half of 2015, had been uneven, as ports had to work through the backlog caused by the nine-month west coast docker dispute, resolved by a new contract in the spring of 2015.

While LA's increase was small it still created the second highest volume month in the port's history, with October 2006 topping it with 800,063 TEU.

Laden LA import boxes in August were up 0.9 per cent to 411,366 TEU while laden export increased 6.3 per cent to 153,005 TEU. Empties containers were off 0.16 per cent at 234,560 TEU.

Year to date, LA volume was up 4.3 per cent to 5,620,400 TEU. Year to date, Long Beach volume was down 2.9 per cent at 4,563, 321 TEU.

Said LA port director Gene Seroka: "Strong numbers on both our import and export cargo during the industry's peak season indicates confidence in our ability to meet supply chain expectations." 

At Long Beach, imports fell 10.2 to 321,625 TEU year on year while and exports rose 14.8 per cent to 159,247 TEU, with empties coming in at 160,157 TEU, down 22.5 per cent.

Source: Schednet

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