May was a busy month for the Port of Los Angeles. A total of 731,353 containers passed through the port – a 5.5 percent increase compared to May 2011. Overall, May (2012) was the best month for the port in nearly two years.
Unlike Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach experienced a decline. Cargo numbers for the port have seen a decrease every month since the beginning of 2012. In total, 497,892 containers were handled – a 7 percent decrease compared to May 2011.
Don Synder, director of Trade Development for the Port of Long Beach had the following to say about the decline:
“We had several small new-entry carriers that were here last year, that toward the fall as business dropped off, they just eliminated their service here coming to the port,” said Snyder.
However, a 3 percent increase is expected (at the port of Long Beach) as a result of three new services that began operations at the end of May.
[Image credit: Daniel Ramirez]