Friday, October 18, 2013

POLA Monthly Container Volumes Down 4.5 Percent

The Port of Los Angeles has released its September 2013 cargo volumes and the good news is that the overall volume of containers – 710,892 TEUs – exceeded 700,000 TEUs for the third straight month.

The bad news, however, is that volumes dropped 4.57 percent compared to September 2012.
According to newly released POLA data, imports declined by 3.75 percent at the port last month compared to the same month in 2012, going from 385,250 TEUs in September 2012 to 370,785 TEUs this September.

Also, exports dropped 12.79 percent last month, going from 172,432 TEUs in September 2012 to 150,380 TEUs in September 2013.

Combined, total loaded imports and exports for the month were down 6.55 percent, from 557,683 TEUs last September to 521,165 TEUs in September 2013. The one bright spot last month was in the volume of empty containers moved: the number was 189,726 TEUs, a 1.3 percent increase over September 2012’s 187,240 TEUs.

Factoring in empties, which increased 1.33 percent year over year, overall September 2013 volumes of 710,892 TEUs was a 4.57 percent decline compared to September 2012’s 744,923 TEUs.

For the calendar year to date, LA terminals have moved 341,000 TEUs fewer than during the same nine months last year, according to port data, a drop of 5.5 percent. For the fiscal year, which began July 1, the total volume is down almost 41,800 TEUs, or just under two percent. Despite the declines however, the Port of LA remains the busiest seaport in the United States.

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