The Current State of Cargo Volume

Industry leaders have all agreed – international trade will continue to grow in 2011. However, growth in cargo volume in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is proving to be modest.

While historically, we have started to see cargo volumes pick up in May, volume has not returned enough to warrant reinstating the one PierPASS OffPeak shift that several marine terminal operators suspended earlier this year.

MTOs are continuing to take steps to adapt to market conditions and match fluctuations in cargo volume, helping to ensure the vitality of the OffPeak program.

As those numbers rise, the MTOs will review and reinstate gates as appropriate to ensure that congestion is not a problem in the ports.