Volumes Stagnant at US West Coast


Imports at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were flat in June, 2016 in comparison to the same period in 2015, amid what is expected to be the beginning of a poor peak season, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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In a statement, Ben Hackett, Analyst at an unnamed company, said: “The good news is that retail sales have remained positive as the consumer continues to cautiously spend, the hope is that this spending will continue.”

This development follows news that from the Port of Long Beach, which found that imports had fuelled the increase in container volumes year-on-year in June, 2016 by 3.4%.

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With the recent opening of the Panama Canal, there is also expected to be an increase in traffic coming to US West Coast (USWC) ports.

This will largely depend on how many shippers choose to divert their cargo to the US East Coast in order to bypass the logistics routes from the USWC in order to cut transit times by five days.

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