Ups and downs in California


The US west coast port of Los Angeles saw year-on-year cargo traffic dip slightly during August, despite reporting solid growth for the majority of the year, while volumes at next door neighbour Long Beach were up last month having seen a decline in traffic over most of the year.

Last month, terminals in Los Angeles handled a total of 706.669teu, down 2.3% on August 2011, while Long Beach handled 543,445teu – a 1.4% increase year on year.

In Los Angeles imports and exports fell 4.1% and 10.1% respectively, with port officials attributing the decline to a slowing Chinese economy.

Meanwhile, exported and imported cargo moving through Long Beach rose last month, with exports recorded at 128,225teu, up 5.7%, and imports up 2.9% to 274,977teu compared with the same period last year.

Over the year, overall container volumes in Long Beach are 4.6% lower, which it attributes to the continuing weakness in the economy and  cutbacks in ship calls.

Meanwhile, volumes through Los Angeles have increased 5%.