The expected decline came after a record February when shippers moved cargo ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday celebrated in Asia.
“We’re comparing our numbers to an extraordinary 29 percent volume gain last March so a decline is not unexpected,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Lunar New Year timing and subsequent canceled or reduced sailings played a factor. We continue to focus on our efforts to make facility and technology enhancements that position us for long-term efficiency and productivity gains.”
March 2018 imports dropped 29.2 percent to 264,460 TEUs compared to the previous year. Exports fell 14.6 percent to 163,706 TEUs while empty containers dropped 33 percent to 149,699 TEUs. Combined, March overall volumes were 577,865, a 27 percent decline compared to 2017.
Three months into 2018, overall volumes have decreased 5.7 percent compared to 2017.