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Exports brighten trade figures at L.A. seaport

December 15, 2011 | 11:02 am

The Port of Los Angeles had its biggest month ever for exports in November and the total was also high enough to drive the nation's busiest cargo container port past its record for goods shipped overseas in a year.

The Los Angeles port moved 195,878 containers containing exports in November, an increase of more than 15% over the same month a year earlier. That gave the port an 11-month total of more than 1.93 million cargo export containers, breaking the old mark of 1.84 million export containers recorded during the 12 months of 2010.

Imports through the Port of Los Angeles rose 6.2% in November compared with a year earlier. Overall, through the first 11 months of the year, cargo moving through the port was up less than 1% compared with a year ago.

Preliminary figures from the neighboring Port of Long Beach showed a 15.6% decline in imports in November, compared with the same month last year. Exports there were down 22.2% in November, compared with a year earlier.

Through the first 11 months of the year, overall cargo movement through Long Beach, the nation's second busiest container port, was down 3.5% compared with 2010. One reason for the decline was the loss of business from Hyundai, which moved its cargo terminal to the Port of Los Angeles last year.


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Photo: Trains move cargo to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's busiest seaport complex. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times