Thursday, July 19, 2012
June container volume rises for ports of L.A. and Long Beach
Los Angeles and Long Beach, the highest volume port complex in the U.S., had a good month in June, with both port locations showing moderate growth, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In June, considered a peak season, the Port of Los Angeles moved 696,848 TEUs, an 8.75 percent increase from last year. The Port of Long Beach moved 554,269 TEUs, a 0.2 percent year on year increase.
L.A. saw an increase of 6 percent in imports and 6.9 percent in exports for June 2012, compared to June 2011. Long Beach imports climbed 3 percent, and exports rose by 5 percent.
In coming months, the seaport complex may enjoy further increased volume. The International Longshoremen's Association at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports has been slow in agreeing to a new labor contract, and the current one expires in September. Some retailers, anticipating a shutdown, are already planning to redirect shipments through the West Coast.
For more of the Los Angeles Times story: latimes.com
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