Friday, July 19, 2013

June Cargo Numbers Flat at Long Beach Port

Cargo volume rose slightly in June at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month one year ago, while year-to-date figures show an increase of 14.2 percent for the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2012, according to newly released data.

A total of 565,476 TEUs were moved in June, up 1.8 percent from the same month last year, and far behind the 646,650 total TEUs moved by the neighboring Port of Long Angeles during the same month.

While imports increased 3.5 percent to 290,448 TEUs during June 2013 at Long Beach, exports were up by 0.1 percent to 133,800 TEUs. Empty containers, which were being sent overseas to be refilled with goods, were up by a mere 44 units, to 141,228 TEUs.

Despite the down month in June, the port’s container volumes showed strong gains at the mid-year point, including 16.2 percent more imports, 10.1 percent more exports and 14.8 percent more empties over the six-month period.

Strong gains were also apparent for the fiscal year to date. So far during FY 2013, Long Beach’s total TEU count has risen 13.8 percent to 4.86 million TEUs compared with FY 2012. The numbers of loaded inbound, loaded outbound and exported containers have all risen by double digits during this fiscal year compared to the last.

FY 2013 began in October 2012 for Long Beach and continues through the end of this September.