August Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Just Short of Record

The Port of Los Angeles moved 954,377 TEUs last month, narrowly short of the 961,833 TEUs handled by the port in August 2020, according to new numbers released by the port Sept. 15.

The port saw 485,672 TEUs in imports last month, about 6% less than it did in August 2020 when retailers rushed to replenish low stocks of goods. Meanwhile, the port moved 101,292 TEUs in exports last month, a 23% drop from the same time last year, and saw 367,413 TEUs in empty containers processed through their docks, a surge of 17% from August 2020.

So far, the port has moved 30% more cargo this year than 2020, with 7.27 million TEUs.

“Data indicates significant volume headed our way throughout this year and into 2022,” port Executive Director Gene Seroka remarked, adding that the port-related work is robust, with shifts for longshore workers up 32% compared to last year.

“To better manage this record cargo, the Port of Los Angeles is co-hosting roundtable discussions with dozens of public and private stakeholders,” Seroka revealed. “We’re pursuing short- and longer-term strategies with our partners in order to scale up to meet increased demand.”

By Karen Robes Meeks