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West-coast Backlogs Starting to Clear

Posted March 20, 2015

(Janet Porter – Lloyd’s Loading List)

The big three Californian ports all reported a steep decline in cargo volumes during February as congestion continued to plague the U.S. west coast.

Los Angeles, the largest container port in the U.S., reported a 10.2% drop to 502,663 teu compared with the same period last year. Across the bay at Long Beach, there was an even sharper fall as throughput plunged 20.1% to 413,114 teu. Further north at Oakland, February saw a 36.7% collapse in container traffic as the port suffered additional industrial disruption.

But all three are hoping to clear the backlog of ships and cargo within the coming two or three months. “Cargo flow has improved since the end of February and throughout March,” said Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka. Click here to read more.