The Port of Los Angeles experienced the busiest January in its history by handling 852,449 TEUs, a 5.41 percent increase from January 2018. Empty containers jumped by 17.67 percent to 277,533 TEUs.
Although loaded imports rose slightly — 1.68 percent to 429,922 TEUs — the port experienced a 3.6 percent drop in loaded exports to 144,933 TEUs. Overall, its total loaded volume — 571,915 TEUs — mostly held steady with a .36 percent growth compared to January 2018.
The Port of Oakland was the only one of the three to have containerized export volume increase compared to January 2018 with a slight .6 percent jump to 75,350 TEUs. The port’s containerized imports grew by 9 percent to 81,895 TEUs and its total volume increased by 3.2 percent to 212,496 TEUs.
John Driscoll, Port of Oakland maritime director, said, “Concern over international trade issues has driven unprecedented import volume. We’re watching closely to see what happens next.”
The Port of Long Beach reported in January it handled 657,286 TEUs, which was a .1 percent drop from January 2018. Containerized exports fell by 2.7 percent to 117,838 TEUs and imports decreased by .3 percent to 323,838 TEUs.
Its empty containers, however, increased 1.6 percent to 216,160 TEUs.