Thursday, October 16, 2014

POLA Container Volumes Up 9 Percent

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Los Angeles has released its September 2014 containerized cargo numbers, and in September 2014 overall volumes rose nine percent compared to September 2013, according to the data, which was released Oct. 16.

Total cargo for September was 775,133 TEUs, making it the busiest single month at the Port of LA since August 2006. The increased volume, according to the port, reflects peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at POLA terminals.

Container imports during the month increased 11 percent, going from 370,786 TEUs in September 2013 to 411,507 TEUs in September 2014. Additionally, exports rose 0.20 percent, rising slightly from 150,380 TEUs in September 2013 to 150,679 TEUs in September 2014.

Combined, total loaded imports and exports increased 7.9 percent, from 521,166 TEUs in September 2013 to 562,185 TEUs in September 2014. Factoring in empties, which increased 12.2 percent year over year, overall September 2014’s volumes (775,133 TEUs) were up nine percent compared to September 2013’s 710,892 TEUs.

For the first nine months of calendar year 2014, overall volumes (6.3 million TEUs) have increased 7.8 percent compared to the same period in 2013 (5.84 million TEUs), according to port data.

For the fiscal year, which began July 1, the port has moved 2.25 million TEUs so far, a 5.3 percent jump over FY 2014’s 2.1 million TEUs.

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