Friday, May 11, 2018

LA Volumes Down a Bit

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles saw a slight drop in cargo volumes last month, according to latest numbers released Thursday.

The port handled 705,536 TEUs in April, about 1.3 percent less than it did a year ago, when it established a record with 714,755 TEUs.

Meanwhile, imports for April fell 2.9 percent to 361,108 TEUs and empty containers dipped 2.9 percent to 179,724 TEUs. Exports rose 4.5 percent to 164,703 TEUs.

Four months into 2018, overall volumes have fallen by 4.7 percent when compared to 2017.

Still, port Executive Director Gene Seroka said he is pleased with the levels of efficiency and productivity he is seeing at terminals.

“We continue to bring technology enhancements like GE Transportation’s Port Optimizer to our customers so that we can continue the unparalleled service that cargo owners need and expect,” Seroka said.