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Port Performance Metrics: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Virginia

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Long Beach Container Volumes Improve Slightly in May

Container cargo numbers improved slightly at the Port of Long Beach in May, rising 0.8 percent compared to the same month last year when the docks were still catching up after several months of congestion.

With cargo volumes near all-time peak levels, May’s 640,566 TEUs qualified the month as the second-busiest May in the port’s 105-year history.

Imports alone accounted for 330,639 TEUs ( 1.0 percent) exports for 138,594 TEUs ( 2.0 percent) and empties for 171,333 TEUs (-0.4 percent). The year-to-date total of 2,681,863 TEUs was down 1.5 percent compared to January-May 2015. Learn more at www.polb.com/stats.

Double-Digit Growth Propels Port of Los Angeles to its Busiest May Ever

Throughput at Port of Los Angeles reached 770,409 TEUs in May, an increase of nearly 11 percent from last year and the port’s busiest May ever. In detail, this May’s data show across the board gains of 15 percent for inbound loads, 6.3 percent for outbound loads, and 7.1 for empty containers.

"The strong growth both on the import and export side is encouraging as we continue to explore ways to improve supply chain efficiencies," said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. "The unwavering efforts of our supply chain partners, including organized labor, have had a significant impact on our success."

Volume for the year through May totaled 3,457,569 TEUs, an increase of 8.6 percent compared to January-May 2015.

See current and past data container counts at the Port of Los Angeles.

Port of Oakland Export Rally Continues into May

The Port of Oakland reports containerized cargo exports increased in May for the fifth straight month. May’s 83,969 TEUs was up 5.1 from May 2015 and the port’s highest monthly export total since October 2014.  

The port said that a slightly weaker dollar has contributed to the export rally by making U.S. goods more affordable to overseas consumers.

"Export cargo is critical to our success," said Maritime Director John Driscoll. "So naturally we’re encouraged by what we’ve seen so far in 2016."

Oakland cargo volume traditionally has been weighted more toward exports than imports. Exports accounted for 52 percent of Oakland’s loaded container volume in 2016 through May.

Imports also increased, up 3.0 percent from May 2015.

Oakland’s year-to-date number show container volume overall totaling 958,310 TEUs, an 8.4 percent increase from January-May 2016, with increases 13.6 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively, for out- and inbound loads and a 4.8 drop in empty containers.

Virginia: May TEU Count Tops 219,000, Rail and Barge Traffic Gain

The Port of Virginia reports container traffic at its Hampton Roads facilities totaled 219,398 TEUs in May. That boosted throughput for the year to nearly 1.1 million TEUs and a 2.0 percent increase from January-May 2015.

"Volume for May was not as high when compared with last year, but that was anticipated," said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. "We are still tracking for a very modest gain for the fiscal year and our volume expectations for the balance of the calendar year are realistic."  

Mr. Reinhart expects the fiscal year to end "in positive territory" and is determined "to maintain and build upon that position as we begin to look at on-terminal construction projects that are aimed at increasing capacity – one million containers -- and driving greater productivity at The Port of Virginia."  

The first large-scale capacity project will be to rebuild the upland operation at the South Berth of Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). The $350 million project will increase annual throughput capacity at NIT by 46 percent, or 696,000 TEUs.

Other May data show gains of 8 percent in the port’s rail container volume 28.6 percent Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) barge traffic, and 2.5 percent in Virginia Inland Port (VIP) container moves and a 12.6 percent drop in truck volume.

On a fiscal-year basis (July 1 – May 31) the port posted gains in rail container volume ( 9.4 percent), ship calls ( 2 percent), VIP containers ( 14 percent), RMT barge traffic ( 20.5 percent) and vehicle units processed at Newport News Marine Terminal ( 11.3 percent).

View the complete May traffic report.

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