Friday, January 17, 2014

POLA Monthly Container Volumes Up 11 Percent

By Mark Edward Nero

Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles were up over 11 percent in December 2013 compared to the same month in 2012, according to newly released data. The port attributes the increase in part to shippers moving cargo in advance of the Chinese New Year, which falls on Jan. 31.

Imports increased 8.63 percent, from 296,874 TEUs in December 2012 to 322,500 TEUs last month. Exports jumped 16.85 percent, from 147,417 TEUs in December 2012 to 172,261 TEUs in December 2013.

Combined, total loaded imports and exports last month were up 11.36 percent, rising from 444,291 TEUs last December to 494,761 TEUs in December 2013. Factoring in empties, which increased 10.24 percent year over year, overall December 2013’s total volume of 653,358 TEUs was a jump of 11.09 percent compared to December 2012’s 588,154 TEUs.

For calendar year 2013, LA’s total container volume was 7.86 million TEUs, a drop of 2.59 percent compared to 2012’s 8.07 million containers. For the current fiscal year, which began July 1, POLA terminals have moved 4.15 million TEUs, a 2.2 increase from the same six-month period during the previous fiscal year.

Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles can be seen at