The Port of Los Angeles handled a record 799,315 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in February, marking a 47% leap when compared to February 2020. It was the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year increases and the strongest February in the Port’s 114-year history.
Mostly promoted as “America’s Port”, the Port of Los Angeles is managed by the Los Angeles Harbor Department.
“One year ago global trade slowed to a crawl as the COVID-19 pandemic first hit China and then spread worldwide,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.
He added, ” Today, we are in the seventh month of an unparalleled import surge, driven by unprecedented demands by American consumers.”
Stressing on the vaccination drive that frontline maritime workers, especially those working in and out of the port complex desperately need, he said, “Our challenges now are focused on getting port workers vaccinated and assisting stakeholders in managing this heavy flow of cargo.”
He also added that the port authorities would do everything in their power for helping shipping lines back on schedule.
“We must clear the backlog of cargo and return more certainty to the Pacific trade,” he said.
February 2021 loaded imports entered 412,884 TEUs when compared to the previous year. On the other hand, loaded exports decreased 24.7% to 101,208 TEUs. Empty containers, heavily in demand in Asia, surged 104% compared to February 2020 reaching 285,223 TEUs.
A total of 78 cargo vessels arrived in January, including four extra loaders.
The Port of Los Angeles remains open with all terminals operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $276 billion in trade during 2019. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura.
Posted in Container Shipping by Ankur Kundu on Mar 23, 2021 at 08:49.