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Port Traffic Metrics: Los Angeles, Northwest Port Alliance, Virginia

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Los Angeles: Container Volume up 2.4% in September

Port of Los Angeles
container volumes at its facilities this September increased 2.4 percent from a year ago to 747,707 TEUs. Compared to September 2015, outbound loads increased by 16.7 percent, inbound loads by 4.3 percent while empty container throughput declined by 8.3 percent. Traffic year to date totaled 6,368,107 TEUs, up 4.1 percent compared to January-September 2015.

"Despite challenges in global logistics due to the Hanjin bankruptcy, we’re pleased to see both import and export growth," said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. "We continue to work diligently in collaboration with our many stakeholders to deliver on our customers’ supply chain requirements."

View detailed Port of Los Angeles container traffic data.

Northwest Seaports Container Trade: September Gains for Export and Imports; total volumes flat for the year

The September container report for the Northwest Seaport Alliance show increases from a year ago of 3.7 for full imports and 5.8 percent for full exports.  

Year to date 2016, full imports were up 3 percent and full exports up 12 percent, but total volume remained essentially flat, down less than one percent to 2,657,481 TEUs due to declines in empty and domestic container traffic movements. Domestic volumes are down 3 percent year to date as Alaska struggles with a decrease in oil- and gas-related project activity due to low commodity prices.

In other cargo news:
  • Breakbulk cargo is down 28 percent year to date to 141,942 metric tons as the global downturn in agricultural, mining and construction equipment and a strong U.S. dollar affect volumes.
  • Log exports declined 40 percent year to date to 124,456 metric tons due to decreased demand in China and competition from New Zealand.
  • Autos fell 7 percent to 130,478 units as vehicle manufacturers move factory locations and shift the supply chain.
For details, see: Container volumes – September 2016 and Cargo statistics – September 2016.

The Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.

Virginia: Peak Season Cargo is Flowing; Port’s Rail, RMT Volume Continue to Grow

The Port of Virginia® reports container traffic at its Hampton Roads terminals totaled 226,896 TEUs in September.  That was up 2.0 percent from September 2015 and gave Virginia its eighth consecutive month with container counts in excess of 210,000 TEUs.

The September data also show year/on/year gains of 16 percent for containers handled by rail and 55 percent for container volume at Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT).

"The peak-season cargo flow is steady – import TEUs were up 7 percent -- and we are maintaining our consistency in delivery of service, said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. "Our productivity across the operation continues to trend in positive territory.

"We were well-prepared for the eventualities brought by Hurricane Matthew. Our operations team collaborated closely with our labor partners and the U.S. Coast Guard to minimize the service disruption and we tailored our operations to ensure that we were productive and safe."

Year-to-date, the port’s TEU volume is up 2 percent; rail units up 12 percent; Virginia Inland Port volume up 6 percent; and Richmond Marine Terminal volume, up 30 percent. View detailed statistics here.

"We are moving toward a positive outcome for the year and we will be converting the momentum we gain from a solid performance into action as we near the start of construction at Virginia International Gateway," Mr. Reinhart said. "The work we do in these next three-to-four years is truly going to chart The Port of Virginia’s course to the future. We are executing our growth plan to build a sustainable operation and make The Port of Virginia a primary gateway for global trade."


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