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Cargo Numbers: May – June 2014

At the Port of Long Beach, cargo container numbers edged up 2.7 percent in May, reaching nearly 600,000 container units. In June, the port handled 610,516 TEUs overall. Both were the busiest months respectively since 2007.

Terminals handled 599,509 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) overall in May, including 312,439 TEUs of imports, which is a 2.3 percent increase compared to May 2013. Exports were flat with a slight decline of 0.3 percent to 146,702 TEUs.

While May was the second consecutive month of increasing volume, Long Beach has seen an increase of just 1.3 percent for the first five months of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

In June, cargo container volume rose eight percent at the Port of Long Beach, compared to the same month last year. June was the third consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in container volume. The port has seen an increase of 2.5 percent for the first six months of 2014, compared to the same time last year.

The Georgia Port Authority (GPA) Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported that GPA’s May performance was the strongest month ever recorded in the 69-year history for the movement of containers.

TEUs at Savannah’s container terminal rose by 11.1 percent or 28,916 TEUs compared to May 2013, for a total of 290,436 TEUs in the month just ended. Total tonnage for May was up 10.5 percent or 251,000 tons to reach 2.63 million tons, also a new GPA record for monthly volume.

In June, overall container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased by 13.89 percent, compared to June 2013. Total cargo for June was 736,438 TEUs, the largest volume in monthly containers since September 2012.

Container imports rose 16.55 percent, from 328,324 TEUs in June 2013 to 382,666 TEUs in June 2014. Exports rose 8.51 percent, from 148,203 TEUs in June 2013 to 160,823 TEUs in June 2014.

For the first six months of calendar year 2014, overall volumes (4,052,227 TEUs) have increased 9.2 percent, compared to the same period in 2013.

The South Carolina Ports Authority saw strong export growth throughout FY2014, with a 6.54 percent fiscal year to date increase in export TEUs handled year over year. In total fiscal year to date, the SCPA reported an increase of 7.03 percent over the same period last year in TEU volume, with 1,535,724 TEUs handled.

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