Friday, March 15, 2013

Port of LA Monthly Container Volume Surges

The Port of Los Angeles’ February 2013 overall cargo volumes increased nearly 17 percent compared to February 2012 according to newly released data, something attributed in part to a surge in imports before factory closures for the Chinese New Year.

Imports at Los Angeles terminals jumped 25.23 percent, rising from 254,359 TEUs in February 2012 to 318,547 TEUs this past February. The increase more than countered a drop in exports at the port. During the month, outgoing TEUS dropped 4.88 percent, going from 164,725 TEUs in February 2012 to 156,690 TEUs in February 2013.

Combined, total loaded imports and exports for February increased 13.40 percent, from 419,084 TEUs last February to 475,237 TEUs in February 2013. Factoring in empties, which increased 31 percent year over year, overall February 2013 volumes (614,948 TEUs) increased 16.99 percent compared to February 2012 (525,653 TEUs).

For the first two months of calendar year 2013, overall container volumes have increased 4.87 percent to 1.28 million TEUs, compared to the same period in 2012 (1.22 million TEUs). For the fiscal year to date, which began July 1, LA has seen a slight decline in TEUs compared to the same period the previous year.

For the eight-month period that ended in February, POLA terminals have moved a total of 5.35 million TEUs, a 0.86 percent drop from 5.39 million TEUs in same time period during the previous year.
Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be viewed at: