The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex’s total container volume in July was 1.3 million 20-foot-equivalent units, rising 2.3 percent from 1.2 million TEUs in July 2012.
Loaded containers moving through the nation’s largest port complex increased 3.5 percent over the level seen in July 2012, with imports up 5.1 percent year-over-year. Containerized exports slid, however, by 0.1 percent compared with the same period last year.
July’s numbers for total containers and total loaded containers handled at the neighboring ports tell a different story when Los Angeles is compared with Long Beach, as Long Beach posted gains and Los Angeles saw declines. The variance reflects a shift of freight last year by Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM from Los Angeles to Long Beach, as those carriers established exclusive hubs in Long Beach.
Los Angeles reported its busiest month of 2013, with 715,640 TEUs in July, although that was a 1.5 percent drop compared with the same month last year. July imports fell 0.3 percent year-over-year, from 371,859 TEUs in 2012 to 370,745 TEUs in 2013, and exports fared even worse, falling 4.8 percent from 165,581 TEUs to 157,585 TEUs. Total loaded containers for Los Angeles in July decreased 1.7 percent to 528,331 TEUs, from 537,440 TEUs in July 2012.
Meanwhile, the Port of Long Beach reported its July container volume totaled 562,166 TEUs, up 7.6 percent compared with the same month last year. Monthly exports, which rose 6.2 percent year-over-year, were 132,290 TEUs, while imports in July jumped 12.9 percent to 294,926 TEUs. Total loaded containers for Long Beach in July increased 10.7 compared with July 2012, reaching 427,216 TEUs. The volume of empty containers dropped 1.3 percent, to 134,950 TEUs.
For the first seven months of 2013, cargo container volume at Long Beach improved 13.2 percent year-over-year, including 15.7 percent growth in imports, 9.5 percent growth in exports and 12.0 percent more empties. The increases were partially driven by larger ships calling at the Port of Long Beach more frequently, as well as the addition of MSC and CMA CGM, according to the port.