Monthly Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Seaports

Cargo containers aboard a COSCO vessel at the West Basin Container Terminal. Photo: Port of Los Angeles.

Cargo volumes in April rose by double digits year over year at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to data released in May.

Los Angeles numbers released May 20 showed that the seaport processed 770,337 TEUs, 12% more than April 2023. It also marked the ninth straight month of year-over-year gains.

The port handled 416,929 TEUs in loaded imports in April, up 21% from the previous year, while loaded exports soared by 51% from April 2023 with 133,046 TEUs, the 11th month in a row of year-over-year growth in exports.

“All our vital operational statistics at the Port of Los Angeles are at or better than pre-COVID levels,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “I’ve been urging shippers to take advantage of our fluid terminals and excess capacity. We’re ready to upscale on demand as we move into the second half of 2024.”

In Long Beach, the port moved 750,424 TEUs in April, 14.4% more than in April 2023. The gain is the port’s eighth straight month of YOY growth, according to data released May 14.

Imports in Long Beach jumped 16.3% to 364,665 TEUs, while exports fell 19.9% to 98,266 TEUs.

“Imports are steadily climbing as we continue to work with industry partners to rebuild our market share,” Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero said. “We are strengthening our competitiveness.”

By Karen Robes Meeks