Container imports up at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles said container imports last month were higher than in January 2013.
The Port of Long Beach said its overall traffic in January was 528,884 TEU, 1.4-percent lower than in January 2013. Imports were up 2 percent to 279,415 TEU, exports fell 3.4 percent to 122,411 TEU, and empties dropped 6.3 percent to 127,058 TEU.
The port noted that exports and empties "typically slow ahead of the Lunar New Year, which this year was Jan. 31, because much of China and other countries in East Asia shut down for two weeks for the holiday. Although January was slightly down, 2014 is expected to be busier than 2013, which was the third-busiest year in port history with a total of 6.73 million TEU.
"We look forward to continued progress in 2014, building on the performance of 2013. We expect to be back to peak cargo levels at the Port of Long Beach by 2015 or 2016,” said Noel Hacegaba, acting deputy executive director and chief operating officer of the Port of Long Beach.
Last week, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a contract
with Baltimore-based Boyden Global Executive Search to find candidates
for the job of executive director, who oversees the day-to-day
operations, modernization projects, and long-range strategic planning of
the Port of Long Beach. Al Moro, formerly the Harbor Department’s chief harbor engineer, has
served as the acting executive director since July 2013, when J.
Christopher Lytle departed to become executive director of the Port of Oakland.
At the Port of Los Angeles, total volumes were 685,550 TEU, up 2.5 percent over January 2013. Imports last month were 360,037 TEU, up 6.7 percent; exports were 161,939 TEU, up 1.7 percent; empties were 163,575 TEU, down 5.1 percent.