West-Coast Ports Still Face Container Repositioning Issues
While US west coast ports maybe coming up to speed again after the congestion problems caused in part by a protracted labour dispute, throughput figures point to ongoing issues, particularly with repositioning empties.
Figures released yesterday from the Port of Los Angeles showed that imports fell by just under 1% in May to 348,427 teu, down from 351,403 in May 2014. Exports fell even more, down 3.5% year on year to 152,917 teu. Combined, this represented a year-on-year fall in loaded containers of 1.7%.
A leap in the number of empties handled, however, dragged total volumes up year on year by 0.8% to 694,791 teu.
For the first five months of 2015, overall volumes of 3.2m teu are down 4% compared with the same period in 2014