Port of L.A. Saw Busiest September

The Port of Los Angeles saw its busiest September and quarter ever, according to new cargo numbers released Wednesday.

The nation’s busiest seaport moved 883,625 TEUs last month, 13.3 percent more than September 2019. This past quarter, the port handled more than 2.7 million TEUs.

“Despite unresolved questions about our nation’s health, economy and export strength, imports have improved significantly after a difficult spring,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “I commend our longshore labor force, Los Angeles marine terminal operators, truckers and supply chain stakeholders who continue to rise to the challenge throughout this pandemic.”

The port also moved 17.3 percent more imports last month compared to the same time last year with 471,795 TEUs. Meanwhile, exports dipped 0.3 percent to 130,397 TEUs. Empty containers rose 14 percent to 281,434 TEUs. The 883,625 TEUs in total eclipsed the previous September record of 801,264 set in 2018.

By Sarah Spangler