Freight News, Sea

POLB Cargo Declines During Lunar New Year

[ March 14, 2017   //   ]

Reduced economic activity in Asia associated with the Lunar New Year contributed to lower February container volumes at the Port of Long Beach.

Overall, traffic totaled 498,311 TEUs, a decline of 11.2% compared to the same month last year, the highest-volume February in Port history. Cargo in February 2015 ballooned 35.9% year-over-year.

The Lunar New Year holiday began Jan. 28, almost two weeks earlier than in 2016. The Lunar New Year typically results in slower trade since businesses in China — the world’s No. 2 economy and the Port’s primary trading partner — close for a week or more to observe the holiday. The impact on the Port is seen two weeks afterwards, accounting for the time it takes vessels to cross the Pacific.

Import containers were down 15.6% in February to 249,759 TEUs. Exports were slightly lower, 119,811 TEUs, off 2.6%. Empty containers sent from Long Beach docks totaled 128,742 TEUs, a decrease of 9.7%.

More than 1 million containers have moved through the Port of Long Beach in the first two months of 2017.