The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex’s total container volume in August was 1.34 million 20-foot-equivalent units, rising 7.2 percent from 1.25 million TEUs in August 2012.
Loaded containers moving through the nation’s largest port complex increased 7.2 percent over the level seen in August 2012, with imports up 7.5 percent year-over-year and exports up 6.7 percent.
Los Angeles reported its volume in August totaled 709,675 TEUs, the second consecutive month volumes exceeded 700,000 TEUs and a 0.4 percent increase year-over-year. August imports fell 1.4 percent versus the same month last year, from 360,762 TEUs in 2012 to 355,683 TEUs in 2013, and exports fared even worse, falling 3.8 percent from 164,819 TEUs to 158,485 TEUs. Total loaded containers for Los Angeles in August decreased 2.2 percent to 514,167 TEUs, from 525,581 TEUs in August 2012.
Meanwhile, the Port of Long Beach reported its August container volume was 630,292 TEUs, jumping 16.0 percent compared with August 2012 and marking the busiest month in 2013 so far. Monthly exports, which rose 20.2 percent year-over-year, were 154,118 TEUs, while imports in August increased 19.2 percent to 327,817 TEUs. Total loaded containers for Long Beach increased 19.5 percent compared with August 2012, reaching 481,935 TEUs. The volume of empty containers rose 5.8 percent, to 148,367 TEUs.
For the first eight months of 2013, cargo container volume at Long Beach improved 13.6 percent year-over-year, including 16.2 percent growth in imports, 10.9 percent growth in exports and 11.0 percent more empties. The increases were partially driven by larger ships calling at the Port of Long Beach more frequently, according to the port.