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%.