California ports say February container traffic up

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The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 15, both announced increases in container traffic for the month of February.

The Port of Long Beach said it continued to post strong trade numbers with a 10.9 percent increase in cargo container volume in February compared to the same period a year ago. The port said that February represented the 15th consecutive month of growth. Overall, the port moved 458,336 20-foot equivalent container units last month compared to 413,134 TEUs in February 2010. Imports were up 12.4 percent to 233,360 TEUs, but exports were down by 1 percent to 121,929 TEUs. Empty container moves were up 25.3 percent to 102,747 TEUs; most empty containers are bound overseas for refilling.

Container traffic at the Port of Los Angeles increased 5.6 percent in February 2011 compared to the same period last year. A total of 554,912 TEUs moved through the port during February. The port says that two months into the calendar year, it has seen a 10.65 percent increase compared to 2010.