Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach report mixed April volumes

POLA handled 703,536 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) in April, which was down 1.3% annually compared to the 714,755 TEU recorded in April 2017, and POLB POLB April volumes were up 10.8% annually at 618,438 TEU. Imports saw an 8.4% annual gain to 312,376 TEU, and exports increased 22% to 141,799 TEU.

By ·

April volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were mixed, according to data issued by the ports recently.

POLA handled 703,536 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) in April, which was down 1.3% annually compared to the 714,755 TEU recorded in April 2017.

POLA April imports were off 2.9% annually to 361,108 TEU, and exports headed up 4.5% to 164,703 TEU. Empty containers were down 2.9% to 179,724 TEU.

 On a year-to-date basis through April, total POLA volume, at 2,817,189 TEU is down 4.7% compared to the same period a year ago.

 “I’m pleased with the levels of efficiency and productivity we’re witnessing at our terminals,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka in a statement. “We continue to bring technology enhancements like GE Transportation’s Port Optimzer to our customers so that we can continue the unparalleled service that cargo owners need and expect.”

POLB April volumes were up 10.8% annually at 618,438 TEU. Imports saw an 8.4% annual gain to 312,376 TEU, and exports increased 22% to 141,799 TEU. Empty containers were up 7% to 164,264 TEU.

On a year-to-date basis through April, total POLB volumes are up 17.2% to at 2,513,316 TEU. Imports are up 14.8% at 1,247,102 TEU, and exports are up 12.8% at 535,636 TEU.

 “Both imports and exports are beating expectations so far this year,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero in a statement. “For us, part of that is the shift of services we saw a year ago, but at least some of our strong growth appears to be a result of trade tensions as anxious shippers rush to get their cargo to overseas markets.”

 The aforementioned trade tensions cited by Cordero has been confirmed by data and analysis from global trade intelligence firm Panjiva.

Over the last several months, Panjiva has stated repeatedly that a recent easing in shipments from China is not directly related to tariffs on shipments from China being implemented but rather to concerns that tariffs ‘might’ be implemented.

 


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
Strategies to Build Efficiencies into Your Supply Chain and Logistics Operations
This white paper outlines key areas where third party logistics (3PLs), carriers, retailers and manufacturing companies can replace manual repetitive work within their operations with new and innovative robotic process automation technology solutions.
Download Today!
From the November 2018 Logistics Management Magazine
If I were to share a single observation from this year’s CSCMP conference, it would be this: Nearly every conversation I had in Nashville touched on the motor carrier capacity crisis.
Land O’Lakes lock in Texas-based capacity
How will the tariff war with China affect U.S. container ports?
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) in Manufacturing
Is digital transformation a risk or an opportunity? This webinar will detail Manufacturing industry challenges and how using IoT can address these challenges through optimizing logistics, improving processes and gaining meaningful insights.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
The Logistics News that Shaped 2018
Every year at this time, group news editor Jeff Berman combs through the mountain of news that was...
Land O’Lakes lock in Texas-based capacity
Faced with the challenge of securing capacity in specific lanes, the iconic company broke with...

8th Annual Rail/Intermodal Roundtable: Work in progress
Volumes are strong and steady, service is improving, yet our panel of the nation’s foremost rail...
Transportation Best Practices and Trends: Frios’ cool solution for a hot seller
Gourmet ice pop maker adopts collaborative cold chain solution to keep profits from melting away due...