Tuesday, January 22, 2013

POLB 2012 TEU Volumes Flat

Despite increases in both the number of loaded inbound and outbound containers shipped, the Port of Long Beach recorded a drop of roughly 0.3 percent in container volumes from the year before, moving about 6.04 million TEUs during calendar year 2012.

The 3.06 million loaded inbound containers the port saw represented a 1.2 percent increase from calendar year 2011, and the 1.54 million loaded outbound containers sent overseas was a 2.2 percent increase from the previous year.

The overall volume was dragged down, however, by a decline in the number of empty TEUs imported and exported. POLB terminals shipped 1.44 million such containers between last January and December, a 5.6 percent drop from calendar year 2011.

The yearly numbers made 2012 the second straight year where volumes fell compared with the previous 12-month period. In 2011, the port saw 6.06 million TEUs; the number was 6.26 million in 2010.

In comparison, the adjoining Port of Los Angeles last week reported a 1.7 percent increase in overall cargo volumes compared to 2011. The total number of TEUs LA saw in 2012 was 8.07 million, compared to 7.94 million in 2011. It marked the third time in the port’s history that it was able to eclipse eight million TEUs in a single calendar year, with the most recent occasion being in 2007.

Port Metro Vancouver, BC, the third busiest seaport on the North American West Coast, moved a total of 2.71 million TEUs in calendar year 2012, an 8.2 percent increase from 2011’s 2.5 million TEUs.
The Port of Oakland, California’s third-busiest seaport and fourth-busiest on the West Coast, saw a grand total of 2.34 million TEUS during the calendar year, a net increase of just 0.1 percent over 2011.