Robust throughput at Port of LA points to transpacific resilience

“The Panama Canal expansion is one of those issues that everybody talks about, yet nobody is clear on the implications for the Southern California Ports,” said Marianne Venieris, the Executive Director for CITT at Cal State University in Long Beach.
By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
November 15, 2010 - SCMR Editorial

Officials at the Port of Los Angeles, report that year to date, container volumes are up 17 percent, underscoring the continued reliance shippers have on transpacific calls to West Coast ocean cargo gateways.

“The Panama Canal expansion is one of those issues that everybody talks about, yet nobody is clear on the implications for the Southern California Ports,” said Marianne Venieris, the Executive Director for CITT at Cal State University in Long Beach.

A compelling new video on the issue was issued recently, providing a broad overview of the issues.

Meanwhile, however, Pacific Rim seaports seem to remain as vital as ever.

“October, 2009 was the highest volume for the entire year, so the October 2010 gains over October 2009 was not as great as some of the monthly volume gains we saw earlier this year,” said Port of LA spokesmen.

Imports were slightly down October 2010 vs September 2010, signaling that the annual “peak shipping season”push to stock up for the end-of-year holidays has subsided. October 2010’s volumes are in line with the typical pattern of post-peak declines.

Exports are up for October 2010, spokesmen added, noting that it was “an encouraging sign.”

“October volumes are approximately 11 percent below August 2010 volumes; when the peak month was October in previous years, 2 months later in December volumes were about 10-20 percent below the peak. 

“So, this peak-and-decline trend looks similar to our normal cycle, only shifted forward two months,” port spokemen added.

The Port of Los Angeles has posted its October 2010 container volumes. View the latest statistics, as well as container volumes dating back to 1995, at: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp



About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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!

Recent Entries

The PMI, the ISM’s index to measure growth, increased 1.8 percent to 57.1 in July. This is 1.8 percent higher than the 12-month average of 55.3. The PMI has grown in 18 of the last 20 months, with economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanding for the last 14 months as the overall economy was up for the 62nd consecutive month.

YRC Worldwide, whose regional and long-haul units provide the second-largest LTL capacity in the trucking industry, narrowed its second-quarter loss to $4.9 million on $1.32 billion revenue, compared with $15.1 million loss on $1.24 billion revenue in the year-ago quarter.

With NFL training camps in full swing, it stands to reason that Congress must be replete with football fans, given how it basically has elected to punt on federal transportation funding yet again, with the Senate yesterday signing off on a ten-month bill to keep federal surface transportation funding intact through May 2015 through a nearly $11 billion stopgap measure.

Carload volumes were up 4.3 percent at 306,988, and intermodal volume for the week ending July 26 was up 3.3 percent at 264,809

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. Patrick covers international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. Contact Patrick Burnson

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.