Friday, June 17, 2016

POLA Has Busiest May in its History

By Mark Edward Nero

Overall cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased nearly 11 percent in May compared to the same period last year, marking the busiest May in the Port’s 109-year history, the port revealed June 15.

Total volumes registered at more than 770,00 TEUs, with container growth of 8.7 percent for the first five months of 2016 compared to last year.

May loaded imports increased 15 percent to 400,765 TEUs, and loaded exports rose 6.3 percent to 162,487 TEUs. Along with a 7.1 percent rise in empty containers, overall May container volumes were 770,409 TEUs.

Through May, total 2016 cargo volumes are 3,457,569 TEUs, an increase of 8.7 percent compared to the same five-month period in 2015.

For fiscal year 2016, which began last July, the Port of Los Angeles has seen a 3.28 percent rise in container traffic compared to the same 11-month period in FY 2015, according to port data. Port terminals saw 7.71 million containers during the past 11 months, compared with 7.46 million in FY 2015.

“The strong growth both on the import and export side is encouraging as we continue to explore ways to improve supply chain efficiencies,” port Executive Director Gene Seroka said in a prepared statement. “The unwavering efforts of our supply chain partners, including organized labor, has had a significant impact on our success.”

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