Port of Los Angeles Short of Record October

Yusen container terminal
Yusen container terminal
The Yusen container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Port of LA.

The Port of Los Angeles was short of reaching its record October last month when it handled 902,644 TEUs, according to new cargo data.

The nation’s busiest seaport moved 8% less cargo last month than it did in October 2020, its busiest October ever.

Imports last month dropped 8% to 467,287 TEUs year-over-year and exports fell 32% to 98,251 TEUs. Meanwhile, empty containers rose 2% to 337,106 TEUs from October 2020.

Still, Los Angeles moved 22% more cargo this year so far with more than nine million TEUs compared to the same time last year with more than 7.4 million TEUs.

“Amid the array of challenges facing the supply chain, we continue to deliver more cargo than ever,” port Executive Director Gene Seroka remarked, adding that the National Retail Federation is predicting a record holiday season as many retailers are reporting strong sales.

“In recent weeks, clearing our docks of imports and empties has been a top priority,” Seroka said. “As a result, we’ve seen a marked improvement of fluidity on our marine terminals, which allows more vessels to be processed.”

By Karen Robes Meeks