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March 19, 2014 10:00 AM, EDT
SoCal Ports’ February Container Traffic Declines
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Container traffic at the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach fell almost 7% in February from a year ago, in part due to the Chinese New Year in late January, which led to a decline in the following two weeks’ traffic.

Loaded imports at the sister facilities, which make up the largest U.S. port complex, declined 6.9% to 556,483 20-foot equivalent units, the ports said. Imports to Los Angeles dropped 10.6%, and Long Beach’s fell by 2.7%.

The Chinese New Year closed many factories in Asia for two to three weeks in February, the Port of Los Angeles said in a statement, adding that last year the holiday had a negative impact on March container volumes.

Combined container traffic at the ports, including imports, exports and empty containers, was down 5.7% to almost 950,000 TEUs, the ports said.

Los Angeles’ total TEU volume was down 9.1% to 431,738 TEUs, and Long Beach’s fell 2.6% year-over-year to 517,173 TEUs.