The volume of container cargo handled at the nation's two largest ports moved in different directions last month.
Container volumes were down slightly at the Port of Long Beach in March compared to March 2013, while the Port of Los Angeles showed strong gains last month.
The Port of Long Beach handled 477,209 TEUs in March, 1.9 percent fewer than in March 2013. Loaded inbound volume was 223,432 TEUs, down 0.7 percent; loaded outbound volume was 153,883 TEUs, down 1.5 percent; and the number of empties handled was 99,894 TEUs, down 5.4 percent.
In contrast, the Port of Los Angeles handled 675,274 TEUs, 34.2 percent more than in March 2013. Loaded inbound volume was 327,497 TEUs, up 41.5 percent; loaded outbound volume was up 187,826 TEUs, up 21.6 percent; and empties were 159,951 TEUs, up 36.3 percent.
The Los Angeles Times noted traffic fell in March for Long Beach
because of “harsh weather in the Midwest and East Coast, as well as some shipping lines suspending services or switching to the nearby Port of Los Angeles.”