Container traffic at the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach collectively fell 1.7 percent in November, due in part to a strike at 10 of 14 terminals in the two ports during the last week of the month.
The two ports actually experienced divergent success during November, with Long Beach's total volume growing 20.8 percent to 555,513 TEUs, while Los Angeles’ total volume fell 16 percent to 582,981 TEUs.
The Port of Long Beach said in a statement that “the rise in container traffic came as more ocean carriers added services to Long Beach in recent months, including CMA CGM and MSC, two of the world's largest container shipping companies.”
CMA CGM said last week it is switching port calls
from Los Angeles to Long Beach’s Pier J, where it has taken a stake in a terminal operating joint venture.
For Long Beach, imports, exports, and empties were all up in the 18 to 24 percent range in November.
“After mostly declining traffic in the middle of the year, the late boost has helped bring Port cargo volumes closer to 2011 levels,” the port said.
For the year, throughput at Long Beach is down 1.2 percent, at nearly 5.5 million TEUs. Loaded imports are down 0.3 percent, to nearly 2.8 million TEUs, while exports are 2 percent higher, at 2 million TEUs.
At Los Angeles, November imports were down 18.6 percent; exports were down 25.8 percent, while empties rose 3.8 percent. Year-to-date total volume is up 2.7 percent to 7.5 million TEUs. - Eric Johnson