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LA box volume falls 8.1pc in October

THE port of Los Angeles handled 748,762 TEU in October, representing a decrease of 8.1 per cent compared to last year's record-breaking October when the port saw higher than usual volumes due to the collapse of Hanjin Shipping.

The movement of 24,308 TEU off and back onto the containership Maersk Evora at the port's APM terminal accounted for a significant proportion of October's throughput. The amount is believed to be a world record for a single vessel port call, according to the port's executive director Gene Seroka, reported American Shipper.

October's total container volume of 748,762 TEU includes 383,385 TEU of loaded imports, down 8.1 per cent year on year; and 144,209 TEU of loaded exports, down 13.3 per cent.

In the first 10 months of 2017, container volumes rose by 6.4 per cent compared to last year's 7.6 million TEU. The port is currently on track to be the first North American port to move nine million TEU in a calendar year during 2017, according to port officials.

Meanwhile, the Port of Long Beach handled 669,218 TEU, a 15 per cent increase, for its busiest October ever, even though it stands as the port's fourth-busiest month of 2017 behind July, September, and August.

Source: Scehdnet

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