July, 2016 imports at the Port of Los Angeles climbed 5% compared to the same period in 2015. Overall cargo volumes in July slipped 1.6%, mostly due to a decline in the shipment of empty containers.
For the first seven months of 2016, year-to-date volumes have increased 4.75 percent compared to 2015.
Gene Seroka, Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, said: “As retailers prepare for consumer needs during the holiday season, we’re encouraged to see import volumes increase.
“We are prepared along with our supply chain stakeholders to handle cargo with speed, efficiency and first-class service as we kick off our traditional busy season.”
In July, 2016 loaded imports increased 5.15% to more than 368,000 TEU compared to July, 2015.
Loaded exports dropped 2.87% to more than 132,000 TEU. Combined, total loaded volumes grew 2.9% to more than 501,000 TEU.
With a decrease in empty containers of 11.9%, overall July volumes were more than 687,000 TEU.
In the year-to-date, overall cargo volumes have increased 4.75% to more than 4.8 million TEU.