Port of LA Tops July U.S. Cargo Volumes, PMSA Data Show

The Port of Los Angeles in July maintained its position as the country’s busiest seaport, moving 890,800 total TEUs, followed by the Port of Long Beach with 784,845 total TEUs, according to data in the Pacific Merchants Shipping Association’s latest West Coast Trade Report.

Combined, the San Pedro Bay ports handled more than 1.67 million TEUs, up 4.1% from July 2020 and up 9.2% from July 2019.

The Port of New York/New Jersey (PNYNJ) came in third with 758,810 TEUs, followed by Port of Savannah with 449,916 total TEUs and the Northwest Seaport Alliance (the combined Tacoma and Seattle ports), which moved 307,592 total TEUs in July, according to PMSA data.

So far this year, the Port of Los Angeles has been the busiest seaport, processing more than 6.3 million TEUs through July, while Long Beach came in second with more than 5.5 million TEUs. New York-New Jersey was third with more than 5.1 million TEUs, Savannah took fourth with more than 3.1 million units and NWSA placed fifth with more than 2.1 million TEUs.

In Far East trade, the five biggest U.S. West Coast seaports processed 57.7% of imports from Asia in July, dipping from 59.6% of July 2020 but slightly better than the 57% posted two years ago, according to PMSA.

U.S. West Coast ports combined moved 58.6% of imports from Asia in July.

Meanwhile, the Big Five U.S. West Coast ports – Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle, Tacoma and Oakland – moved 52.2% of exports to the Far East in July, and 53.8% when the rest of the West Coast seaports are factored in, according to the report.

By Karen Robes Meeks