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08 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 15:57 GMT+2

March 17, 2020

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The decline in production in China due to coronavirus is having a negative impact on the activity of the ports of Los Angeles Los Angeles and Long Beach

In February, the two California airports saw declines in container traffic -22.9% and -9.8% respectively

The spread of coronavirus in China has had a significant impact on the volume of containerized traffic handled last year month from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mainly at the COVID-19, in fact, the port authorities of the two California airports have charged the substantial reduction in container shipments registered in February 2010, the month in which the first port moved 544 thousand teu and the second 538 thousand, with -22.9% and -9.8% respectively on February 2019. But a weight has also had him the continuation of the war of duties in between the US and China, although the preliminary agreements signed in January by the two nations have mitigated in part its effect negatively impactful bilateral trade.

"With the closure of many factories and the slowdown in movements in China and other Asian countries in February Due to the Lunar New Year and COVID-19 - explained the director Operating Port of Long Beach, Mario Cordero -- we're seeing shipping companies that have to cancel some trips. One Once the virus is contained, we may see a growth in freight volumes and our terminals, our our supply chain will be ready to manage it."

According to the Port of Los Angeles's chief operating officer, Gene Seroka, as production in China remains at low levels, even Traffic volumes in the port will be low in March. However, he said, "pending the expected recovery we will have to send back empty containers to Asia and quickly send the remaining U.S. containers to Export. We are working hard with our partners supply chain - Seroka pointed out - in order to be ready for the growth of goods that will occur with increase in production.'

In February 2020, both in Los Angeles and containers full at the landing, which totaled 270,000 teu (-22.5%), and the full containers at boarding, at 134 thousand (-5.7%), that empty containers, which amounted to 139 thousand teu (-34,9%).

Long Beach also blamed a decrease in full containers 249 thousand teu (-17.9%) and containers fell by -12.8% to 164 thousand teu, while Containers at boarding increased by 19.3% to 126,000 teu.

In the first two months of 2020, the Port of Los Angeles 1.35 million teu overall, with a contraction in the -13.3% on the same period last year, of which 685 thousand teu (-12.0%), 283 thousand full teu at boarding (-1.7%) And 383 thousand empty teu (-22.2%). In the Port of Long Beach, the total is 1.16 million teu (-7.1%), of which 558 thousand teu full at the end of the year landing (-10.9%), 234 thousand full teu at boarding (5.2%) and 372 thousand teu (-7.9%).

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