Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Port of Hueneme Sets FY Shipping Record

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Hueneme realized the highest international trade year in its 77-year history and the second highest year for domestic and international freight combined, according to newly-compiled data by the Southern California port.

The total tonnage for FY 2013-2014 came in at a strong 1.43 million metric tons, representing a less than one percent decrease from the port’s all-time high during the previous fiscal year.

Strong growth in freight activity was seen in the port’s niche markets of automobiles, high and heavy cargos, fresh produce, fertilizer and domestic commodities.  The year included a 30-percent increase in auto exports – the second-best year on record while imports saw a 7.1 percent increase over last fiscal year.

Hueneme’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.

A large percentage of the export increase, the port says, was driven by more foreign manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Acura operating from new facilities within the United States and sending their US manufactured autos to the Asian market.  

Hyundai/Kia lead the import arena with a strong 10 percent growth, according to port data.

Other customers of the port include Yara North America, which manages the liquid bulk fertilizer through the port and across North America; and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, a shipper handling agricultural and heavy equipment cargo supplies.

“This year’s cargo performance sets a new milestone for the port,” port Director Kristin Decas said. “This achievement is driven by our customers and business development team.  We’re committed to continuing our partnerships and strategic planning to maximize the social and economic benefit the port brings to our community and industries.”