Tuesday, September 17, 2013

LA Container Volumes Remain Flat

The volume of loaded inbound and outbound TEUs that moved through the Port of Los Angeles last month was flat, continuing a downward statistical trend at America’s busiest seaport.

A total of 709,675 TEUs were shipped though the POLA in August 2013, which was actually up almost half a percent from the about 706,670 TEUs that were moved during the same month in 2012. It was also the second consecutive month volumes exceeded 700,000 container units.

However, the overall volume increase was mainly due to an about eight percent jump in the volume of empty containers imported and exported.

LA saw 195,500 empties last month, compared with 181,000 in August 2012, an increase of about 14,400. The news was not so good when it came to full containers, however. Port terminals saw a total of 355,682 TEUs last month, a 1.4 percent drop from the 360,700 containers from the same period last year.

Additionally, the volume of loaded outbound containers was down 3.84 percent, falling from 164,819 TEUs to 158,484.

Overall, the port’s volume of loaded TEUs was down 2.17 percent year-over-year.

For the fiscal year-to-date, total volumes are off just slightly, falling from 1.43 million containers to 1.42, a drop of 7,700 TEUs, or 0.54 percent.

Current and past data container counts for the Port of LA can be found at: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp.