Infographic: US West Coast Ports Prosper


Datamyne, a leading provider of web-based international market intelligence has released an infographic which shows that US import volumes have rebounded at West Coast ports so far in 2016.

Imports through the Port of Los Angeles increased 36% from January through to February in 2016 when compared with the same period in 2015, while Long Beach scored a rise of 30% in the same period.

This is reflective of the eight consecutive months of cargo volume increases at the Port of Long Beach, which is a massive improvement compared to early 2015, when a number of West Coast ports were closed due to labour disputes.

Brendan McCahill, CEO of Datamyne, said: “West Coast ports have indeed made a comeback from the labour disputes and slowdowns that negatively impacted volumes in early 2015.

“Combined, LA and Long Beach made up for 39% of all ocean imports to the US in January and February, 2016, up 4% over the same two months last year.”

The Port of Oakland also had a notable 52% increase in imported containers, compared with January and February, 2015.

In comparison, East and Gulf Coast ports did not see the same growth.

Compared to January through to February, 2015, the Port of New York/Newark increased in import volume by 5%; Norfolk, VA was up 17% and Houston declined by 4%.

The Port of Savannah, which looked to have prospered from the western slowdowns last year, has continued to grow by 9 percent so far this year.

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