The 9.45M TEU handled in 2018 is a new record, and a 1.2% increase on 2017.
The port of Los Angeles is touting its 2018 container throughput of 9.45M TEU as “the third consecutive year of record volumes for the nation’s #1 gateway for containerized trade and the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port”.
Despite a huge month in December, when the LA’s terminals handled 903,258 TEU (up 15.9% on December 2017), the port’s 1.2% total growth for the year still lags many of its competitors on the gulf and east coasts.
Los Angeles certainly had its problems with the deluge in December, when truck turn times and container availability became major issues for shippers using the gateway. In fairness to the port, it had to handle extra sailings, including a massive 27,856 TEU container exchange from the Eleonora Maersk at APM Terminals Pier 400 facility.
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka emphasised that the port is working hard to maintain container velocity. “2018 was marked by a robust economy coupled with tariff-induced surges of cargo headed to U.S. retail and manufacturing sectors,” he said. “These extraordinary volumes highlight the need for continued stakeholder collaboration on methods to maximize supply chain efficiency. Through a number of initiatives, we are focused on both physical and digital infrastructure enhancements that continue to ensure the reliable, safe and efficient conveyance of cargo through our gateway.”
“The ILWU is proud to be the backbone of San Pedro Bay port complex,” said Mark Mendoza, President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 13. “Day and night, the men and women of the ILWU will continue to work the docks to keep this port complex the number one trade gateway in the United States.”
“The Port of Los Angeles continues to be a national leader in cargo volume and innovation,” added John McLaurin, President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA). “These record volumes are a reflection of the dedication and hard work of the Port and all of the supply chain partners.”