Tuesday, February 19, 2013

POLA Monthly Container Volumes Drop 4 Percent

January 2013 cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased more than four percent compared to the same month in 2012, according to newly-released data, something the port attributes to a vessel service that shifted from LA to the adjoining Port of Long Beach.

The port’s volumes were down in every major statistical category compared to the same month last year, partially due to the move from Los Angeles to Long Beach in 2012 of a service line between ocean carriers MSC and CMA CGM.

Imports decreased 5.32 percent, from 356,394 TEUs in January 2012 to 337,428 TEUs this past January. Exports dropped 5.44 percent, falling from 168,427 TEUs in January 2012 to 159,257 TEUs last month.

Combined, total loaded imports and exports for January decreased 5.36 percent, from 524,821 TEUs last January to 496,685 TEUs in January 2013. Factoring in empties, which slipped .91 percent year over year, the overall January 2013 volume of 669,000 TEUs decreased 4.25 percent compared to January 2012’s 698,715 TEUs.

For the fiscal year, which began July 1, total volumes are down 2.78 percent, falling from 4.87 million TEUs the previous year to 4.73 million during the current one.

Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at: