Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LA Container Volumes Up Almost 14%

By Mark Edward Nero

Overall containerized container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 13.89 percent in June 2014 compared to June 2013, according to newly-released data. The total cargo last month was 736,438 20-foot equivalent units, the largest volume in monthly containers since September 2012.

Total loaded imports and exports combined increased 14.05 percent, from 476,528 TEUs in June 2013 to 543,489 TEUs in June 2014. Factoring in empties, which increased 13.4 percent year over year, overall June 2014 volumes of 736,438 TEUs rose 13.89 percent compared to June 2013’s 646,650 TEUs.

Container imports alone rose 16.55 percent last month, going from 328,324 TEUs in June 2013 to 382,666 TEUs in June 2014. Additionally, exports rose 8.51 percent, from 148,203 TEUs in June 2013 to 160,823 TEUs in June 2014, according to port data.

For the first six months of calendar year 2014, the POLA’s overall container volume of 4.05 million TEUs represented a 9.2 percent jump compared to the 3.71 million TEUs that were moved by port terminals during the same time period in 2013. Also, last month closed out the port’s 2013-2014 fiscal year with a total of 8.2 million TEUs moved. This represents an increase of 5.55 percent from FY 2012-2013’s 7.7 million TEUs.

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