LA, Long Beach Ports Investing $25 Million in Truck Charging Units

LA, Long Beach Ports Investing $25 Million in Truck Charging Units

The Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports plan to contribute a total of $25 million toward a partnership with area air quality agencies to provide as many as 207 charging units throughout Southern California, they announced June 27. Each port’s harbor commission has approved $12.5 million from its Clean Truck Funds collected from the Clean Truck Fund Rate. Led by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee and administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the project calls for the investment of $135 million to install charging units at eight sites throughout the region, including in the…
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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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Port of Long Beach Announces New Director of Environmental Planning

Port of Long Beach Announces New Director of Environmental Planning

Renee Moilanen, the director of ports for new energy solutions company Build Momentum, has been chosen to be the next director of environmental planning for the Port of Long Beach, it was announced June 10. Moilanen, who is expected to start her new role on July 15, returns to a familiar stomping ground. She began her career at the POLB in 2006, and during her previous time at the seaport, she was an environmental specialist, environmental specialist associate and communications administrative analyst. From 2014 to 2019, she served as the port’s manager of air quality practices. In her new role,…
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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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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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First ‘Tri-Gen’ Renewable System Opens at Port of Long Beach

First ‘Tri-Gen’ Renewable System Opens at Port of Long Beach

The first “tri-gen” system to create renewable hydrogen, electricity and water is now operating at Toyota Motor North America’s vehicle processing operations at the Port of Long Beach. Toyota and FuelCell Energy, a company that designs, manufactures, operates and services direct fuel cell power plants, joined local civic and port leaders May 2 for the grand opening of the new system, which uses biogas from landfill waste to make renewable energy and water for the carmaker’s Long Beach vehicle processing and distribution center. Toyota Logistics Services, which annually processes roughly 200,000 new Toyota and Lexus vehicles, is the carmaker’s largest…
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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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