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The Port of New Orleans handled 537,285 TEUs in the past year through September 2015, surpassing the half million-TEU mark for the first time in any 12-month period, CEO Gary LaGrange said at the 29th Annual State of the Port Address.
The South Korean ocean carrier reported operating profits in its container division fell over 73 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2015 despite volume growth of nearly 4 percent thanks to weak freight rates caused by overcapacity.
The Port of Long Beach set a record for container volumes in October, while the Port of Oakland reported declining overall volumes, but both ports reported a surprising lack of demand for imports by retailers.
Industry groups said they are willing to work with the port to speed cargo through POLB, but expressed concern about how the plan might affect shippers, who want to pick up containers faster but say getting chassis and trucking capacity can be difficult.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said at the conclusion of the JCCT meeting Monday that China indicated it will review 11 biotechnology applications and continue the dialogue on U.S. beef.
Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company, the only non-carrier affiliated terminal, saw its volumes double to 22,225 TEUs, the largest percentage gain among the three container terminals at the South Florida port.