Thursday, July 15, 2010

SoCal Ports See Massive Monthly Cargo Increases Compared to June 2009

The Southern California ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles continued to report impressive cargo traffic gains during June, marking more than six months of monthly increases that have seen traffic through the ports increase by more than a million TEUs compared to the first six months of 2009.

Total cargo volumes at Long Beach are up 19.8 percent for the January to June period and up 15 percent for the year-to-date at Los Angeles. These increases represent an additional 1,030,994 TEUs handled by the two ports during the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2009. Between January and June, Long Beach has handled 2,794,587 TEUs and Los Angeles has handled 3,663,699 TEUs.

During June, the Port of Long Beach handled 520,100 TEUs, a 25.8 percent increase over June 2009. Port officials reported total loaded inbound box traffic for the month of June climbed 27 percent to 262,053 TEUs and total loaded outbound box traffic increased 1.8 percent to 116,112 TEUs, both compared to figures from June of last year.

Across San Pedro Bay, the Port of Los Angeles handled 526,446 TEUs in June, a 53 percent increase over traffic figures from June 2009. The port handled 371,888 loaded outbound TEUs, a 32.2 percent increase, and 154,558 loaded inbound TEUs during June, a 12.6 percent increase.