Tuesday, July 16, 2013

POLA Container Volumes Down Again

Port of Los Angeles container volumes continued their downward trend in June 2013, with port terminals still attributing the decline to the loss of a vessel service that shifted out of the port last year.

June overall volumes decreased 7.2 percent compared to June 2012, according to port data. Imports dropped 7.2 percent, from 353,930 TEUs in June 2012 to 328,324 TEUs this June. Also, exports decreased 15 percent, from 174,418 TEUs in June 2012 to 148,203 TEUs last month.

Combined, total loaded imports and exports for June dropped 9.8 percent, from 528,348 TEUs last June to 476,528 TEUs in June 2013. Factoring in empties, which increased just one percent year over year, overall June 2013 volumes -- 646,650 TEUs -- declined 7.2 percent compared to June 2012’s 696,847 TEUs.

For the first six months of this calendar year, L.A.  moved 3.7 million TEUs, which is down nearly 7.5 percent from the 4.0 million moved over the same time from last year. That said, Los Angeles still moved far more containers during the first half of the year than any other North American port.

For the current fiscal year, which began in July 2012, L.A.’s volumes are down about five percent, falling from 8.1 million TEUs in FY 2012 to 7.7 million this year.

The declines are due in part to French shipping line CMA CGM Group moving a weekly ship call from Los Angeles to the neighboring Port of Long Beach last year. Mediterranean Shipping Co. also jumped from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Long Beach late in 2012.

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