West, East Coast Ports See Big Container Drop-Off in January

West, East Coast Ports See Massive Container Drop-Off in January

Containers are moved on the Port of Virginia. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Information)

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As negotiations resume between the Worldwide Longshore and Warehouse Union and administration’s Pacific Maritime Affiliation, concern is mounting on the West Coast ports that the gradual tempo of contract talks is damaging import and export delivery enterprise.

And the January container quantity numbers present a major year-over-year drop on the ports of Los Angeles and Lengthy Seashore, Calif.

The Port of Los Angeles reported a 16.1% year-over-year decline as the power processed 726,013 20-foot-equivalent unit (TEU) containers in contrast with 865,595 the identical month the prior 12 months. That marked the sixth straight month of declines. The port is working at about 80% capability.

Port government director Gene Seroka stated he expects February’s container volumes to even be very gentle, partially due to the annual Lunar New Yr in Asia when factories shut for a two-week celebration.

However he says the uncertainty over the labor contract is the important thing issue for the decline because the ILWU and PMA tried to calm the waters with a press release on Feb. 23.

The 2 sides “proceed to barter and stay hopeful of reaching a deal quickly. The events have reached a tentative settlement on sure key points, together with well being advantages, and stay dedicated to resolving remaining points as expeditiously as doable. Talks are persevering with on an ongoing foundation till an settlement is reached.”

“I believe we nonetheless have a methods to go,” Seroka stated. “There are 5 key points that each side are negotiating. We’ll most likely want a few extra months, however the exporters and importers have voiced their energy as nicely. They’ve shipped cargo to the East Coast and Gulf Coast ports due to considerations over labor unrest.”

The Port of Lengthy Seashore noticed a 28.3% year-over-year lower in container quantity to 573,772 TEUs in contrast with 800,943 a 12 months in the past.

The Port of Oakland noticed a 15.6% decline as the power processed 163,058 containers in contrast with 193,205 in the identical month in 2022. Within the annual State of the Port handle Feb. 15, government director Danny Wan stated he and his staff are specializing in modernizing the power.

“We have to construct for the following era,” stated Wan. “It’s a future port that not solely strikes extra cargo, carries extra passengers and attracts extra guests, however that development might be achieved with zero-emission expertise.”

The Northwest Seaport Alliance that operates services in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., reported a 27.7% year-over-year decline because the complexes moved 213,095 TEUs in contrast with 272,291 a 12 months in the past.

Later this 12 months officers stated they count on a rise in container quantity, the port stated in a press release. “Beginning mid-March, the Ocean Alliance’s Pearl River Specific Service will start calling the Seattle Harbor at Terminal 18. The service calls between China and the U.S. West Coast and can function 15,000 TEU vessels. With a Seattle last-port-of-call, the service will give attention to exports, bringing extra capability for exporters within the area.”

Port Houston alongside the Gulf of Mexico noticed a 1% year-over-year decline, after greater than a 12 months of consecutive will increase. The port processed 319,990 TEUs in comparison with 323,427 a 12 months in the past.

“As we proceed to see development and funding within the area in each manufacturing and import distribution, we’re dedicated to offering terminal capability for rising demand to make sure fluidity and best-in-class service to our prospects,” stated Roger Guenther, government director of the port.

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On the East Coast, Georgia’s Port of Savannah reported its slowest January since 2020, processing 421,714 containers in contrast with 476,713 in 2022. Port officers stated climate performed a task within the decline as six vessels slated to name Savannah in late January have been delayed.

However officers imagine because it continues its infrastructure enhancements, the port is nicely poised for future development.

“Our board’s dedication to fixed infrastructure enchancment, even throughout down instances, means our prospects have a prepared companion in development when they should increase their Georgia operations,” Port Board Chairman Joel Wooten stated.

The Port of Virginia notched a 9.1% improve, processing 288,380 TEUs in January in contrast with 262,020 in 2022.

Port government director Stephen Edwards stated the pace at which vans can get out and in of the port is a significant factor for the rise.

“We’re sustaining our operational effectivity. Motor carriers are transferring by the gates in 40 minutes or much less,” he stated.

The South Carolina Ports Authority reported a 4.6% year-over-year decline in January to 215,238 TEUs from 226,515 in the identical month a 12 months in the past.

The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey experiences its TEU whole later than the opposite ports, and in December the large East Coast advanced reported a 20.5% year-over-year decline, processing 613,011 containers, in contrast with 770,753 in 2021.

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