Californian port of Los Angeles has seen its busiest January in its 109-year history as the port handled 704,398 TEUs, an increase of 33 percent compared to January 2015.
“Record January volumes is a very encouraging way to start 2016, particularly after the slow start that West Coast ports experienced last year,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director, Gene Seroka, said.
January 2016 imports surged by 41.6 percent from 259,206 TEUs in the same period last year to 367,208 TEUs.
Exports increased 1.5 percent to 126,240 TEUs in January, compared with 124,365 a year earlier.
The port’s total loaded imports jumped by 28.6 percent to 493,449 TEUs, compared to the previous year’s 383,571 TEUs.
Empty containers increased by 44 percent to 210,949 TEUs.
“As cargo owners replenish their inventories after the holiday season, our terminals and supply chain partners continue to demonstrate progress in moving larger container volumes per ship call, and we are grateful for the work they’ve done in recent months to increase supply chain efficiencies and optimization,” Seroka added.
Despite reports on the Port of Los Angeles’ failure to meet pollution-reduction measures, in a recent address on the TraPac container terminal environmental audit Seroka said that the port has met its targets nine years ahead of schedule.
He said that the port’s 2014 emmissions invetory shows that DPM pollution was reduced by 85%, NOx by 52% and SOx by 97 %.