Friday, December 18, 2015

POLA Container Volumes Up 7 Percent

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Los Angeles handled a total of 709,968 TEUs in November 2015, a jump of seven percent compared to the same period last year, according to data that was released Dec. 16.

Imports improved 7.6 percent to 358,423 TEUs in November compared to the previous year, however exports dropped 5.7 percent to 142,020 TEUs in November. Factoring in empties, which increased 16.5 percent, overall November volumes of 709,968 increased seven percent compared to November 2014.

“We’ve seen container volumes at and above 700,000 TEUs for the past six months, which demonstrates consistency and the strength of our supply chain partners,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “With larger vessels coming into the transpacific trade this month… we can further show the gains we have made this year in terms of effectively moving greater volumes through our port.”

For the first 11 months of 2015, overall volumes of 7,534,181 TEUs are down 1.9 percent compared to the same period in 2014. For the fiscal year so far, the port has seen 3.63 million TEUs so far, nearly identical to the 3.62 million during FY 2015. The new fiscal year began July 1.

Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles is available at