PMSA Report: Cargo Volumes Down at U.S. West Coast Ports in 2023

PMSA Report: Cargo Volumes Down at U.S. West Coast Ports in 2023

In 2023, U.S. West Coast ports saw their loaded imports and exports fall from the previous year and the pre-pandemic levels of 2019, according to the latest West Coast Trade Report published Feb. 21 by Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. The seven U.S. West Coast seaports tracked by PMSA processed more than 10.3 million inbound loads last year. That’s 12.2% down from the previous year and down 5.4% from the pre-pandemic level of 2019. Meanwhile, the seven ports monitored by PMSA -- Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, San Diego and Hueneme in California and the Northwest Seaport Alliance gateway of Seattle…
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USCG Sector Puget Sound Launches Effort to Curb Vessel Traffic’s Impact on Whales

USCG Sector Puget Sound Launches Effort to Curb Vessel Traffic’s Impact on Whales

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound is engaging in a four-year pilot program that is expected to help minimize the vessel traffic impact on endangered whales in the Salish Sea, the agency announced Feb. 21. Hosted in the Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service (VTS), the program allows for the Coast Guard to get whale sighting reports from mariners and give close to real-time information on whale locations to mariners through a whale report alert system, according to the Guard. The Coast Guard said that it plans to work closely with international, federal, tribal and state entities as well as…
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January Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Ports

January Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Ports

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach started 2024 strong with year-over-year double-digit increases in January, mainly a result of shippers rushing to stock shelves before the start of the Lunar New Year, according to both ports. The Port of Los Angeles posted its second-busiest January last month, moving 855,652 TEUs. That’s an 18% jump from January 2023 and represents six straight months of year-over-year growth, according to data released Feb. 14. LA handled 441,763 TEUs in loaded imports, a 19% increase, and processed 126,554 TEUs in loaded exports, a 23% spike from the same time last year. Empties…
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Port of Oakland Sees YOY Cargo Bounce Back in December

Port of Oakland Sees YOY Cargo Bounce Back in December

The Port of Oakland’s overall cargo volumes were down sizably in 2023, but it saw loaded imports and exports rise by double-digits in December compared to the same month a year prior, according to data released by the Northern California seaport Jan. 22. Oakland moved 76,347 TEUs in full imports in December, a 16.4% jump from 65,566 TEUs in December 2022 and the largest monthly total since July 2023, according to the data. The port also handled 65,801 TEUs in full exports last month, a 12.9% increase from the 58,302 TEUs in December 2022. The new numbers signal to the…
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Port of LA Monthly Cargo Up in October

Port of LA Monthly Cargo Up in October

For the third straight month, the Port of Los Angeles saw its cargo numbers rise year over year, according to statistics released by the port Nov. 17. Last month, Los Angeles handled 725,775 TEUs, jumping 7% from the same time in 2022, data show. Loaded imports rose 11% year over year with 372,455 TEUs, and loaded exports spiked 35% with 121,277 TEUs when compared to October 2022. Meanwhile, empties dipped 8% to 232,043 TEUs. Statistics show that through the first 10 months of 2022, the port moved more than 7.1 million TEUs, about 16.6% less than the same period of…
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POLA Cargo Volumes Up for 2nd Straight Month

POLA Cargo Volumes Up for 2nd Straight Month

Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles rose 5.4% last month compared to September 2022, marking two straight months of year-over-year increases, according to new data released by the port Oct. 23. The POLA processed 748,440 TEUs last month, with imports up 14% at 392,608 TEUs and loaded exports soaring 55% to 120,635 TEUs compared to the same month last year. The port has seen fourth consecutive months of positive month of year-over-year volumes in exports. Meanwhile, empties fell 18.5% to 235,197 TEUs year over year. So far, the port is moving 18.6% less cargo volume this year than…
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Port of Long Beach Reports Record Sept. Cargo

Port of Long Beach Reports Record Sept. Cargo

After months of year-over-year declines, the Port of Long Beach saw an 11.8% year-over-year boost in cargo volumes last month, which is now considered the busiest September in the port’s history. According to data released by the port Oct. 19, Long Beach handled 829,429 TEUs, beating the previous record set in September 2020 by 78,849 TEUs. It’s the first time in 14 months that the port has seen a year-over-year rise in cargo. The port attributes the uptick in part to heightened holiday demand, a new labor contract for West Coast longshore workers and the port’s push to promote itself…
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Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at Long Beach Port

Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at Long Beach Port

Overall cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach last month were down 15.4% from the same time a year ago, signaling a continued shift in consumer spending and overfilled warehouses, according to data released by the port Sept. 13. Long Beach handled 682,312 TEUs in August, with 15.4% fewer imports at 325,436 TEUs, and 23.1% fewer exports with 93,402 TEUs year over year. Empty containers also dropped 12.5% to 263,474 TEUs last month. “We anticipated a modest peak season as our cargo numbers continue to stabilize at pre-pandemic levels,” Port CEO Mario Cordero said. “Over the long term we…
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LA-Long Beach YOY Cargo Volumes Down in May, But Trending Up Month to Month

LA-Long Beach YOY Cargo Volumes Down in May, But Trending Up Month to Month

Cargo numbers may be down year over year at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports, but both have also seen volumes increase in the last few months, a trend that port officials hope will continue through 2023. According to new data released June 13, the Port of Los Angeles saw cargo numbers grow for three straight months, with a 60% spike since February. The port moved 779,140 TEUs in May, a 19% drop from May 2022. Loaded imports last month fell 18% to 409,150 TEUs year over year and loaded exports dropped 19% to 101,741 TEUs. The port also…
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April Cargo Volumes Down at LA, Long Beach Ports

April Cargo Volumes Down at LA, Long Beach Ports

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports saw cargo volumes drop by double-digits last month, according to newly released data. Los Angeles saw overall cargo numbers fall 22% last month compared to April 2021, the second busiest April in port history, the port announced May 18. Los Angeles moved 688,110 TEUs last month, with imports down 25% to 343,689 TEUs and loaded exports down 12% to 88,202 TEUs. Empty containers also dropped 23% to 256,220 TEUs year over year, according to the port. “A cooling global economy, warehouses laden with aging inventory and prolonged West Coast labor negotiations have all…
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