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Port of Los Angeles surpasses 740,000 TEUs in March

In March, the Port of Los Angeles saw a remarkable surge, handling 743,417 container units, marking a 19% increase compared to the same month in the previous year.

This achievement marked the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year growth at the busiest port in the United States.

During the first quarter ending on 31 March, local dockworkers facilitated the movement of 2,380,503 TEUs across Los Angeles marine terminals, representing a nearly 30% rise from 2023. This performance ranks among the Port’s strongest first-quarter starts, second only to the import surge witnessed during the pandemic in 2021 and 2022.

“Moving into April and the second quarter, I expect robust cargo flow to continue here. A strong job market and continued consumer spending, along with our ability to handle additional volume, will help drive cargo to Los Angeles in the coming months,” stated Gene Seroka, executive director of Port of Los Angeles.

Seroka, accompanied by Anne Neuberger, deputy national security advisor for Cyber and Emerging Tech, addressed the Port’s media briefing. Neuberger, in her role as deputy assistant to President Biden, provides counsel on cybersecurity, digital innovation, and emerging technologies.

During the briefing, Neuberger discussed President Biden’s recent executive order aimed at strengthening cybersecurity measures at US ports.

In March 2024, loaded imports at 379,542 TEUs rose by 19% compared to the previous year. Loaded exports amounted to 144,718 TEUs, marking a notable 47% increase from the previous year. This month’s export performance was the Port’s strongest since January 2020, extending a streak of 10 consecutive months of year-over-year export growth.

The Californian port also handled 219,158 empty containers, reflecting a 7% increase over the figures from 2023.

Source video: Port of Los Angeles


Port of Los Angeles to handle 85,000 metric tons of Chilean fruit imports during winter season

This week, the Port of Los Angeles welcomed the initial vessel of Chilean fruit for the year, carrying over 5,300 pallets loaded with grapes and stone fruit.

Distinguishing itself as the only US West Coast port equipped to receive specialized refrigerated cargo ships transporting palletized fruit from the South American agricultural hub, the Port plays a crucial role in facilitating this unique trade.

In 2021, the Port of Los Angeles made a substantial investment, nearing US$1 million, to enhance its breakbulk building located at Berths 54-55. Operated by SSA Marine, this marine terminal serves as the primary staging area for pallets of Chilean produce.

Furthermore, SSA Marine distributes these pallets utilizing the Port’s expansive network of refrigerated trucking services and cold storage facilities. For over 25 years, Chilean growers have depended on this dedicated port terminal to deliver their fresh produce to consumer markets in North America.

“We have become the main stop for Chilean fruit imports on the West Coast that gets distributed as far north as Canada and as far east as Texas,” stated Gene Seroka, executive director of Port of Los Angeles.

Setting sail from the Port of Coquimbo, Chile, on 3 January, the Ivar Reefer, operated by Cool Carriers—a specialized company in the direct transportation of fruit and other perishable goods—utilizes modern cooling and ventilation systems, along with thermal insulation on their vessels.

These features ensure optimal conditions and minimize the risk of damage to perishable cargo. The Ivar Reefer marks the inaugural arrival of many vessels expected at the Port of Los Angeles throughout the winter season, spanning from January to early April.

Gene Seroka further added, “Being able to accommodate and efficiently process a variety of cargo for our customers – such as the fresh breakbulk shipment today – continues to be an important priority for our Port.”

Source: Container News


Port of Los Angeles handles 688,000 TEUs in April

The Port of Los Angeles processed 688,110 TEUs in April, a 22% decrease compared to last April, which was the second busiest on record.

Loaded imports in April 2023 totalled 343,689 TEUs, a 25% decrease from the previous year. Loaded exports reached 88,202 TEUs, a 12% decrease from the previous year, while empty containers amounted to 256,220 TEUs, a 23% drop from 2022.

Port of Los Angeles freight climbed 28% in March 2023 compared to February 2023, while cargo increased 10% in April 2023 compared to March 2023.

The Port handled 2,525,204 TEUs in the first four months of 2023, a 29% decrease over the same period of 2022. Last year began with the finest four-month start in the port’s history.

“A cooling global economy, warehouses laden with ageing inventory and prolonged West Coast labour negotiations have all contributed to a slowdown in trade,” stated Gene Seroka, executive director of Port of Los Angeles.

Seroka further added, “If economic conditions improve and we get a labour deal in place, that will help improve volume the second half of the year. We are prepared for the next cargo surge, whenever it comes.”

Source: Container News


Port of New York and New Jersey overtakes San Pedro Bay giants for third consecutive month

Port of New York and New Jersey is the busiest container port in the United States for the third month in a row, handling 18.9% more boxes in October 2022 over pre-pandemic October 2019.

In particular, the Port of New York and New Jersey moved 792,548 TEUs in the previous month, surpassing the two container giants on the West Coast of the United States, the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and Port of Long Beach (POLB).

In contrast with the port of New York and New Jersey, the two Californian ports experienced significant container volume declines in October. POLA handled 678,429 TEUs, translating to a 25% decrease from the same month in 2021, while POLB reported 658,428 TEUs, which is a 16.6% fall from October in the last year.

However, it is worth mentioning that October cargo volume at the port of New York and New Jersey decreased by 5.9% compared to September 2022, when the seaport handled 842,219 TEUs.

Source: Container News


Port of New York and Jersey surpasses San Pedro Bay powerhouse ports

The Port of New York and Jersey handled 842,219 TEUs in September and is the busiest container port in the United States for a second consecutive month.

The US East Coast port has now achieved 26 months in a row of record-high cargo activity.

The Port of New York and Jersey has reported significantly better performance in September than the two major hubs in California, ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which traditionally handle the most TEU volumes among US container ports.

The Port of Long Beach moved 740,000 TEUs in September, reporting a slight decline of 0.9% compaed with same month last year, while its twin Los Angeles port saw a huge year-on-year fall of 21.5%, handling 710,000 TEUs in September.

“Despite what will likely be a soft ending to 2022, we are on track to have the second-best year in our history,” pointed out Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka, who added, “More importantly, the cargo backlog that began last year has been nearly eliminated due to the diligent, combined efforts of our supply chain partners.”

Source: Container News