Posted on December 19, 2022
The first reports from gateways on both coasts suggest container imports turned sharply downward last month, the Wall Street Journal reports, while shipping executives say they are bracing for weak demand in the first part of 2023. A continuing decline at the Southern California ports deepened in November, with combined imports into Los Angeles and Long Beach plummeting 26% to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic. Inbound volumes at the ports of Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, also retreated.
The figures signal dockside business is feeling the impact of wavering U.S. consumer demand and weakening China exports. Container lines and ports usually get a wintertime bump from Lunar New Year volumes out of Asia, but executives aren’t expecting to celebrate much in the coming weeks.