Container Volumes Jump A Record 16 Percent at Port of Los Angeles


July was an eventful month for the Port of Los Angeles, also known as America’s Port. In an impressive effort, the port’s container volumes climbed by 16 percent, recording the busiest July in it’s 110-year history.

Port of Los Angeles has the distinct reputation of being America’s busiest port. According to Mr. Gene Seroka, it is looked upon as a global model in security, sustainability and  social responsibility. In July, 796,804 Equivalent Units (TEUs) went through the port, recording container volumes 9.5 percent ahead of 2016.

“As we strive to maintain our competitive edge with these record volumes, it’s important to acknowledge the Pacific Maritime Association and the good men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union who just extended their contract with terminal operators until 2022,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. “The certainty that comes from this decision builds further long-term confidence in our supply chain as we continue to focus on superior infrastructure, innovative leadership and extraordinary customer service.”

July loaded imports increased 13 percent to 417,090 TEUs. Loaded exports rose 17 percent to 154,925 TEUs. Along with a 20 percent spike in empty containers, overall July container volumes were 796,804 TEUs. Previously, the strongest July in Port history was 2006, when 761,326 TEUs moved through the port’s terminals.

To benefit South California’s economy and social standing, the Port of Los Angeles is strongly focussed on developing innovative, strategic and sustainable options. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $272 billion in trade during 2016. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.