Thursday, October 14, 2010

LA/LB Ports' Monthly Box Volumes Climb Again in September

The Southern California ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, buoyed by sizable import gains, continued to report increased total container traffic volumes in September compared to the year-ago period.

September marks the sixth straight month both ports have reported double-digit percentage increases in total monthly container volumes.

The Port of Long Beach reported handling a total of 574,790 TEUs in September, a 12.4 percent increase over September 2009. The port handled 288,905 loaded inbound TEUs for the month, a 14.2 percent increase, and 109,337 loaded outbound TEUs, an 11.5 percent increase, over volumes reported in September 2009.

Across San Pedro Bay, the neighboring Port of Los Angeles reported handling a total of 711,613 TEUs in September, a 21.9 percent increase over the same period last year. Port officials report that total loaded inbound container volumes increased 20.8 percent over September 2009 to end the month at 373,249 TEUs. Total loaded outbound container volumes fell into the negative at Los Angeles in September, dropping an imperceptible 0.3 percent compared to the year-ago period. The port ended the month with 139,800 loaded outbound TEUs handled.