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Los Angeles Container Volumes Highest in Two Years

The Port of Los Angeles has released its September 2012 cargo volumes. Overall volumes increased 5.57 percent compared to September 2011. It was the strongest single-month in overall volumes since August, 2010.

Imports increased 3.38 percent, from 372,655 Twenty-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers in September 2011 to 385,250 TEUs this September. Exports decreased 2.56 percent, from 176,954 TEUs in September 2011 to 172,432 TEUs in September 2012.

Combined, total loaded imports and exports for August increased 1.47 percent, from 549,609 TEUs last September to 557,683 TEUs in September 2012. Factoring in empties, which increased 20.01 percent year over year, overall September 2012 volumes (744,923) increased 5.57 percent compared to September 2012 (705,623 TEUs). It was the busiest month since August 2010, when overall volumes reached 763,837 TEUs.

For the first nine months of 2012, overall container volumes have increased 5.16 percent (6,188,172 TEUs) compared to the same period in 2011 (5,884,347 TEUs).

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