The overall monthly volumes were the strongest ever at the Port of Los Angeles. Year to date, cargo has fallen 11.7% compared to 2019.
August loaded imports rose 18% to 516,286 TEUs compared to the previous year. Loaded exports decreased 10.2% to 131,429 TEUs. Empty containers increased 13.3% to 314,118 TEUs.
There was one canceled sailing in August, with none scheduled for September. The Port had 89 vessel calls in August, including eight megaships (container ships capable of handling more than 13,000 TEUs). The 17,000-TEU-capacity APL Merlion handled nearly 29,600 TEUs during its visit in August, holding the second highest all-time record for TEUs handled in a single ship visit.
In May we saw our lowest container volumes in more than a decade. Since then, there has been a significant replenishment of warehouse inventories. Coupled with retailers planning for consumer holiday spending, it has created a surge of imports
said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.
The Port has recently released ‘Signal’, a tool with which it is cooperating with supply chain partners to improve cargo fluidity and advanced visibility to track, plan and prepare for cargo.