The Port of Los Angeles got close to having a 1M TEU month in November, handling 924,225 TEU, eclipsing the previous monthly record of 877,564 TEU set in November 2016. So far in 2017 volumes at Los Angeles are up 6.3%, and the port expects to break the 9M TEU mark this year.
“Four vessels calling in Los Angeles each discharged and loaded more than 23,000 TEUs in November, all close to October’s 24,308 TEU record set last month in Los Angeles,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We’re proud to be partnering with our labor and supply-chain stakeholders to move these record-breaking cargo levels with efficiency, productivity and extraordinary customer service.”
With the pre-Christmas shopping in full swing, Los Angeles recorded a 6.1% growth in loaded import containers in November, while loaded exports fell 0.3% to 177,913 TEU. Empty containers rose 7.4%.
Long Beach delivered even stronger growth in container volumes in November, handling 612,659 TEU, up 14.7% on the same month in 2016. Over the first 11 months of 2017 Long Beach is up 10% to 6,847,589 TEU, and is on track to handle over 7M TEU this year.
“U.S. consumers are confident and the economy has been strong,” said Long Beach Harbour Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “Retailers have been stocking goods as a result and we are nearing cargo levels we have not seen since before the 2008 recession.”
“Our focus on speed and reliability has positioned the Port to have its busiest year ever,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “I applaud all of our business partners for their contributions to our remarkable turnaround.”
Imports surged 18% in November to 319,210 TEUs, exports were up 4.5% to 126,364 TEUs and empty boxes hit 167,085 containers at Long Beach, up 17%.