West Coast Container Volume Declines 4 Percent

Container volumes at U.S. West Coast ports were down 4 percent coming out of February compared to the same month last year.  While exports stayed strong, increasing by 6 percent year-over-year, imports were hit especially hard and were down 11 percent.

Container volumes in the Los Angeles-Long Beach terminals were down 4 percent.  Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma saw a 5 percent decline.  Portland remained the only West Coast port to see an increase, with a 9 percent rise in February.  Overall, in the first two months of the year, container volume was down 1 percent compared to January and February 2011.  During this period imports dropped 4 percent, while exports increased by the same (4 percent).