Friday, January 18, 2013

POLB Monthly Container Volumes Up Sharply

The Port of Long Beach experienced a nearly 19 percent increase in the number of loaded containerized imports during December 2012, which was a main factor in the port’s overall jump in 20-foot equivalent units handled during the month compared with the same month a year earlier.

A total of 560,120 TEUs made their way through port terminals last month, a 9.8 percent jump from the 509,957 of December 2011. Of the total amount, 295,579 were loaded inbound containers, an 18.9 percent jump from the previous December, according to newly released port data.

The data also reveals that port’s volume of loaded inbound containers was up about five percent during the month, increasing to 135,561 TEU from December 2011’s 129,243. The one category where there wasn’t a year-over-year increase was empty containers. Port terminals imported and exported 128,980 empty TEUs during the month, a 2.4 percent drop from December 2011’s 132,111 units.

For the fiscal year to date, the POLB has seen across the board increases in volumes compared with the same period the year before. Loaded inbound, loaded outbound and empty container volumes were up 18.1, 13.6 and 2.5 percent, respectively, during the first three months of the year, which began Oct. 1.
On the whole, 1.64 million TEUs were shipped during the time period, a 12.9 percent jump from the 1.45 million that were moved during the same three months during the prior fiscal year.