Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Volumes Up at Los Angeles

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles processed 763,785 TEUs last month, making it third-largest September for cargo volumes.

Trade policy changes affecting waste paper exports to China resulted in the 15.45 percent jump in empty containers in Los Angeles, pushing up last month’s overall volumes, according to the port.

Loaded imports dipped .07 percent to 388,670 TEUs year over year, and loaded exports were down 3.17 percent to 517,116 TEUs. With empty containers factored, the port saw a 2.15 percent increase in overall volumes year over year.

The Los Angeles seaport last month also received a record 88 vessel visits with an average TEU count of 8,679 per vessel, a 22 percent jump from the TEU-per-vessel average of September 2016.

“As we enter the final quarter of 2017, we’re pleased to be tracking toward record volumes for a Western Hemisphere port,” said Port of Los Angeles Director Gene Seroka. “We continue to demonstrate the LA Advantage to cargo owners, with a strong focus on meeting big-ship needs, developing world-class infrastructure, and delivering extraordinary customer service through innovation and efficiency.”