Inbound box traffic up 5% in June at Los Angeles-Long Beach
Inbound loaded containers discharged in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach rose 5 percent to 629,075 TEUs in June, according to the latest statistics from the two major Californian ports.
Modest by historical standards, the June year-on-year growth rate followed a 1 percent decline in inbound container traffic for May.
June inbound traffic declined 2 percent in Los Angeles to 334,823 TEUs, but rose 13 percent in Long Beach to 294,252 TEUs.
Both ports reported higher outbound box volumes for June. Los Angeles increased its traffic of outbound loaded containers 8 percent to 96,659 TEUs, while Long Beach grew its outbound traffic 23 percent to 101,381 TEUs. Their combined outbound traffic rose 15 percent to 198,040 TEUs — representing about 31 percent of the inbound loaded traffic.
Combined empty containers for both ports surged 15 percent to 383,537 TEUs in June.
Including empty and loaded boxes, Los Angeles saw its box traffic rise 4 percent to 634,048 TEUs in June, while Long Beach reported a 17-percent volume jump to 576,604 TEUs. This brought the two ports’ monthly traffic to 1.2 million TEUs, 9 percent more than in June 2004 and 3 percent higher than the volume handled in May.