SAN PEDRO, Calif. — "The total number of containers shipped through the Port of Los Angeles in December increased slightly compared to the previous year, giving December numbers the only year-over-year monthly increase of the entire calendar year (see top chart above). The volume of loaded outbound containers in December also continued to climb, fueling more speculation that the international container trade will start to recover in 2010.
The total number of Twenty-Foot Equivalent (20-foot containers or “TEUs”) imported and exported through the Port of Los Angeles in December was 562,990, a 0.35% increase compared to 561,033 TEUs in December 2008. Loaded container exports were up a whopping 40.23% at 153,836 TEUs compared to 109,704 TEUs in December 2008 (see bottom chart above)."
MP: The year-over-year percentage shipping increase for the L.A. Port in December reached a 16-month high, the highest since August 2008. Likewise, export volume from the L.A. Port reached a 16-month high in December of 153,836 TEUs, the highest monthly export volume since August of 2008.