Two major U.S. ports experienced major contrasts in their calendar year totals, with the Port of Long Beach seeing an 11.3-percent jump in cargo volume, while the Port of Los Angeles saw a 2.59-percent decrease in total container volume, according to port reports.
The Port of Long Beach finished the year with a total volume of around 3.46 million TEU, whereas the Port of Los Angeles's activity decreased to 8.07 million TEU.
Additionally, from December 2012 to December 2013, the Port of Long Beach experienced a 4-percent volume increase, and the Port of Los Angeles saw an 11-percent increase.
The Port of Los Angeles attributed its increase to shippers moving cargo in preparation for the Chinese New Year, which falls on Jan. 31.
Despite its yearly decrease, the Port of Long Beach reported that 2013 was its third busiest year, and said its container volume rose in part because shipping lines CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Co. increased their services to the port in 2012.