Report: container volume increased at most ports in 2011

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 3/21/2012

If you thought you saw more port container jobs posted on load boards last year, you were right.

A new report shows that 18 out of the 20 largest U.S. ports saw shipping container volume increases between 2010 and 2011.

The report, compiled by Minnesota-based global trade intelligence provider Zepol, is based on data collected from U.S. Customs and Border Protection through CBP’s Automated Manifest System.

The largest percent increases for twenty-foot equivalent containers were seen at the Port of Jacksonville, where 99,156 TEU increased by 25 percent to 124,177, and the Port of Boston, which saw a 17 percent increase from 84,856 to 99,790.

The largest drop by percentage occurred at the Port of Seattle, which saw a 14 percent decrease from 948,071 TEUs in 2010 to 810,320 last year.

The largest ports by volume were the twin ports at Los Angeles and Long Beach. Los Angeles imported 4.1 million TEUs last year, a 1.8 increase from 2010. Long Beach dropped from 3,137,912 in 2010 to 3,082,303 last year.

China was easily the largest percentage country of origin for most freight at the 20 ports. Top products imported include motor vehicles, petroleum oils, trikes/scooters, printer parts and accessories, game machines, rubber and uranium.

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