Tuesday, September 16, 2014

POLA August Container Volumes Up Nearly 7 Percent

By Mark Edward Nero

Overall containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6.7 percent in August 2014 compared to August 2013, according to newly-released data.

Total Port of LA cargo for August was 757,702 TEUs, making it the busiest single month at the port since August 2010, according to the data.

The increased volume is attributed by the Port of Los Angeles to peak season shipping as well as larger vessels calling at the port.

Container imports increased 7.8 percent last month compared to the same month a year ago rising from 355,682 TEUs in August 2013 to 383,551 TEUs in August 2014. Exports rose 6.16 percent during the time period, going from 158,484 TEUs in August 2013 to 168,248 TEUs in August 2014.

Combined, total loaded imports and exports increased 7.3 percent, from 514,167 TEUs in August 2013 to 551,799 TEUs in August 2014. Factoring in empties, which increased 5.3 percent year over year, the overall August 2014 volume of 757,702 TEUs was a jump of 6.7 percent compared to August 2013’s 709,675TEUs.

For the first eight months of calendar year 2014, the POLA’s overall volume of 5.52 million TEUs represents an increase of 7.61 percent compared to the same period in 2013.

Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles can be found on the port’s website at: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp