Yusen Terminals Begins Operating Battery-Electric Top Handlers at Port of LA

Yusen Terminals Begins Operating Battery-Electric Top Handlers at Port of LA

Five new battery-electric top handlers are now in operation at Yusen Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, it was revealed June 25. Yusen purchased the Taylor ZLC 996 electric top handlers, which are expected to lower the amount of carbon-related emissions coming from activities at the terminal. Three additional Taylor top handlers are expected to arrive later this year, making 25% of Yusen’s fleet of top handlers zero-emission capable, according to the company. “We are thrilled to unveil the world's first electric top handlers, representing a significant leap forward in our commitment to sustainability,” Yusen Terminals President and CEO…
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May Dwell Times Up for Rail-Bound Cargo at LA, Long Beach Ports: PMSA

May Dwell Times Up for Rail-Bound Cargo at LA, Long Beach Ports: PMSA

The average amount of time a container stays at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before it leaves by rail rose from April to May, according to data released June 18 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. Rail-bound cargo had average dwell times of 6.44 days in May, up from April’s average of 4.55 days. However, both April and May remain lower than March’s average of 7.02 days and lower the May 2021’s average of 7.61 days, according to PMSA data. Meanwhile, the average dwell time for truck-bound cargo stayed steady from April to May, averaging about 2.47…
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May Cargo Volumes Dip at L.A., Long Beach Ports

May Cargo Volumes Dip at L.A., Long Beach Ports

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports saw their year-over-year cargo numbers for May dip, while year-to-date volumes for this year remained ahead of 2023, according to data released by the ports this month. Los Angeles handled 752,893 TEUs in May, about 3% lower than May 2023, according to data released June 12. Loaded imports fell 4.5% to 390,663 TEUs, while loaded exports jumped 24% to 125,963 TEUs, making May the 12th straight month of export growth. Meanwhile, empties moved fell 12% to 236,268 TEUs when compared to May 2023. Long Beach processed 695,937 TEUs last month, an 8.2% drop…
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LA Harbor Commissioners Approve $2.6B Budget

LA Harbor Commissioners Approve $2.6B Budget

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has approved a $2.6 billion spending plan for the 2024-25 fiscal year that includes $257.7 million set aside for the capital improvement projects at the Port of L.A., it was announced June 6. The budget for the port’s capital improvement program, which is 19% more than last year’s improvement projects budget, includes $44.3 million for the interchange reconfiguration of State Route 47/Vincent Thomas Bridge and Front Street/Harbor Boulevard; $15.3 million for the Zero-Emission Port Electrification and Operation Program and $14.2 million to restore and update Pasha Terminal. The budget also dedicates $4 million to planning…
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Monthly Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Seaports

Monthly Cargo Volumes Up at LA, Long Beach Seaports

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…
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L.A., Long Beach Ports are Major Economic Drivers: Research Center Report

L.A., Long Beach Ports are Major Economic Drivers: Research Center Report

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports are major economic drivers that support one out of every 51 jobs nationally, according to an economic report released May 21 by the Center for Jobs and the Economy. In the report, the Sacramento-based nonprofit economic research center, which tracks and analyzes economic trends, details the global and regional economic impacts of the nation’s two busiest seaports, where roughly 226,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2022 were supported by the adjoining ports. The region has benefited from the trade activity. About 1.85 million jobs were supported by the regional Trade Cluster, which also…
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L.A., Long Beach Ports Secure $112M in Federal Funding

L.A., Long Beach Ports Secure $112M in Federal Funding

Expect more maintenance and repair projects along the Los Angeles and Long Beach waterfront in the future. The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports announced May 14 that they’re receiving a combined $112 million as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work plan. The funds stem from the Harbor Maintenance Tax, which the federal government collects from all U.S. ports “based on the value of imports, some domestic cargo and on cruise passengers” to pay for port-related dredging projects, according to the Port of Long Beach. Los Angeles and Long Beach officials and others have long fought for…
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Monthly Cargo Dwell Times Improve at San Pedro Bay Ports

Monthly Cargo Dwell Times Improve at San Pedro Bay Ports

The average time that cargo containers lingered at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports in April improved from the same month last year, according to data released May 16 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. The average dwell time of containers that stayed at the nation’s busiest seaport complex before leaving by truck was 2.50 days last month, a slight improvement from the 2.59-day average in March, according to the data. Meanwhile, the dwell time of cargo destined for rail showed larger improvements, with an average dwell time of 4.55 days last month compared to the 7.02-day average during…
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Illegitimate Goods Seized at LA-Long Beach Seaport Complex

Illegitimate Goods Seized at LA-Long Beach Seaport Complex

Nearly 2,300 toys and children’s products valued at nearly $80,000 have been confiscated since early this year by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex, Customs announced April 29. CBP members seized $79,696 worth of products that did not meet U.S. safety standards, including 96 baby walkers, 216 autism balance chairs, 492 baby changing tables, 196 baby/kids step stools and 1,296 alphabet mystery box toys. The 2,296 products arrived from China in four different shipments in late January and early February, which CBP officers found hidden among legitimate cargo. The toys did…
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L.A., Long Beach Rail Dwell Times Up, Truck Times Stable

L.A., Long Beach Rail Dwell Times Up, Truck Times Stable

The average time it took for a container to leave the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports via rail in February rose significantly from the previous month, according to data released March 19 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. Dwell time for containers leaving the ports by rail jumped from a 4.72-day average in January to a 6.26-day average in February, indicating that rail cargo is experiencing a rise in congestion, the association said. However, the average truck dwell time was 2.82 days in February, not drastically different from January’s 2.89-day average. “These truck dwell times for 2024 are near…
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