Container traffic at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex in July was lackluster, with Los Angeles reporting an increase of 5.5 percent and Long Beach a decline of 8.8 percent compared to July 2011.
Imports in Los Angeles increased 3.97 percent and exports were up 0.27 percent from July 2011. Imports dropped 10 percent in Long Beach and exports were down 1.9 percent.
Los Angeles has been reporting increased container traffic this year, while Long Beach has struggled. Long Beach lost one of its larger tenants when Hyundai Merchant Marine moved to Los Angeles more than a year ago.
Imports in Los Angeles were actually higher in July than in any other month so far this year. Imports at both ports are expected to increase in the coming months during the peak-shipping season.
Industry analysts are projecting a traditional peak season this year in the trans-Pacific, with imports of holiday merchandise from Asia picking up in August and running strong through October.
Exports normally increase during the fall and winter months, although U.S. exports this year are not as strong as in past years due to the economic recession in Europe and slower growth in Asia, especially China.