• Powell Slaughter

LA, Ga. ports hitting records, too

HIGH POINT – With August setting up as the biggest month ever for container imports, ports around the country continue to report record activity, including Los Angeles and Georgia.

July container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest port, climbed 16% compared with July 2016 volumes to 796,804 20-foot equivalent units, the busiest July in the port’s 110-year history.

Seven months into 2017, L.A. port container volumes are 9.5% ahead of 2016, when the Port of Los Angeles handled a record-breaking 8.8 million TEUs.

“As we strive to maintain our competitive edge with these record volumes, it’s important to acknowledge the Pacific Maritime Association and the good men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union who just extended their contract with terminal operators until 2022,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “The certainty that comes from this decision builds further long-term confidence in our supply chain as we continue to focus on superior infrastructure, innovative leadership and extraordinary customer service.”

The Georgia Ports Authority also reported record volume, moving 2.33 million TEUs for the calendar year through July, up 10.8%, or an additional 230,000 TEUs.

“It is through the incredible efficiency and productivity of GPA employees and the International Longshoremen’s Assn. – as well as the continued commitment of shippers and customers – that these record volumes are possible,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Georgia’s renewed investments, strong support from Gov. Nathan Deal and state leaders, and superior logistics are encouraging customers to bring more business here.”

In what was its busiest July ever, the Port of Savannah handled more than 336,000 TEUs, for a 6.8% (21,385-TEU) increase.

Also in the calendar year to date through July, total tonnage crossing GPA docks grew by 13%, or 2.37 million tons, to reach 20.67 million tons. In July alone, breakbulk cargo grew by 12.3% for a total of 232,390 tons- part of strong performances in Savannah and Brunswick for bulk and breakbulk commodities.

Overall, Ocean Terminal's breakbulk tonnage grew by 22% last month, to reach a total of 124,150 tons.

Powell SlaughterPowell Slaughter | Senior Editor
PSlaughter@furnituretoday.com

I'm Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope my articles will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.

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