The Port of Long Beach achieved a slight gain in container volumes in June versus a year ago, but continued to gain market share at the expense of its neighbor, the Port of Los Angeles.
Container throughput in Long Beach grew 14.2 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year.
June volumes fell 7.2 percent at the Port of Los Angeles and year-to-date are down 7.4 percent, the port announced Monday.
Long Beach terminals at the port moved 565,476 TEUs in June, up 1.8 percent from the same month last year. Imports increased 3.5 percent to 290,448 TEUs and exports were up 0.1 percent to 133,800 TEUs. Empties came in at 141,228 TEUs, only 44 more than in June 2012.
For the first six months, imports are up 16.2 percent and exports are up 10.1 percent.
Long Beach officials say a big reason for the container gains is that the port is receiving more frequent calls by larger ships, which range between 10,000 and 14,000 TEUs in capacity. Large ship operators Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM in the past year have bought stakes in Long Beach terminals, shifting some volume from Los Angeles. - Eric Kulisch