Port of Long Beach February volumes see major gains

Like its neighbor, the Port of Los Angeles, across San Pedro bay, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) had a strong month volume-wise in February, according to data released by the port this week.

By ·

Like its neighbor, the Port of Los Angeles, across San Pedro bay, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) had a strong month volume-wise in February, according to data released by the port this week.

POLB imports, which are primarily comprised of consumer goods, were up 45.8 percent annually at 279,144 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), and exports, which are comprised mainly of raw materials, were up 17.2 percent at 140,626 TEU. And empties—at 111,197 TEU—increased 44.2. POLB officials said that with imports exceeding empties, empty containers are sent overseas to be refilled with goods.

POLB added that Trans-Pacific trade levels early in the year can be impacted by the Lunar New Year, which sees Chinese factories shutting down for about a week and subsequently hinders goods production in Asian countries that export to the United States.

“Last year, our February numbers were relatively more affected by the Lunar New Year than they were this year,” POLB Media Relations Manager Daniel Yi said in an interview. “Over the last three-to-four months, we have seen steady increases, and the momentum highlights how in February 2012 was strongly impacted by the Lunar New Year, which is why we are seeing this growth for February 2013.”

Yi was not downplaying the strong February 2013 numbers, which were somewhat aided by the timing of the Lunar New Year. He noted that March will see annual growth, too, with the New Year impacting volumes in late February and spilling over into March.

February’s import numbers represent POLB’s highest import numbers since February 2007, which were before the recession at 284,800 TEU.

“This is due in part to the bigger ships that are calling at the port,” said Yi. “We believe the economy is slowly recovering, and that is supported by housing numbers and retail sales.”

POLB, said Yi, has benefited from the addition of a new service line at the port between ocean carriers MSC and CMA CGM that moved from POLA to POLB. He added that both carriers have established hubs at POLB, with vessels calling on POLB. MSC is sharing a POLB hub with COSCO and MSC is in a terminal sharing arrangement with Hanjin at POLB.


About the Author

Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Latest Whitepaper
Making E-Commerce Logistics Work
Special Digital Issue: Eight feature stories that neatly encapsulate the new technology and processes that are revolutionizing logistics and supply chain operations.
Download Today!
From the February 2017 Issue
As the new administration sends waves of uncertainly through the global trade community, this could be the best time ever for shippers to build an investment case for GTM. Here are five trends you need to watch if you’re about to put these savvy systems to work
Carrier Consolidation Keeps Shippers Guessing
Getting Value from the Cloud
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Advance your career with the fastest growing logistics certification – APICS CLTD
During this webcast presenters will give an overview of APICS and the new Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation. Learn how the CLTD program can help you stay on top of current trends and advance your career.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
ASEAN Logistics: Building Collectively
While most of the world withdraws inward, Southeast Asia is practicing effective cooperation between...
2017 Rate Outlook: Will the pieces fall into place?
Trade and transport analysts see a turnaround in last year’s negative market outlook, but as...

Logistics Management’s Top Logistics News Stories 2016
From mergers and acquisitions to regulation changes, Logistics Management has compiled the most...
Making the TMS Decision: Ariens Finds Just the Right Fit
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL)...