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Friday, December 16, 2016

POLA Registers Another Record Cargo Month

By Mark Edward Nero

For the second straight month, containerized cargo flowing through the Port of Los Angeles has surpassed all-time volumes for a North American port, newly released data show.

Port of LA terminals processed 877,564 TEUs the data show, eclipsing October 2016’s all-time record of 814,574 TEUs. November volumes were up 23.6 percent compared to November 2015.

Overall container volumes were 877,564 TEUs last month, led by a 26 percent surge in empty containers, followed by a 25 percent jump in exports to 177,359 TEUs and a 22 percent imports increase of 22 percent to 437,050 TEUs.

“We are grateful to the cargo owners who see the value in this trade corridor, and to our container terminal customers, labor and other supply chain partners who, working together, efficiently processed this extraordinary surge of holiday season cargo,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said.

Total cargo volumes through the first 11 months of 2016 stand at 8,060,246 TEUs, an increase of seven percent compared to the same period last year, and far ahead of the 6.2 million units shipped through the adjoining Port of Long Beach during the same 11-month time period.

So far for the calendar year, which began July 1, the POLA has seen 3.9 million TEUs, an 8.15 percent jump over the 3.63 million units moved during the same five-month period last year.
Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles are available at http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp.