The Port of Los Angeles has had its third busiest month on record, although exports continue to trend downwards.
The US transport hub processed 958,674 TEUs in March (2022), just behind the 1.01m TEUs recorded in May 2021 and 980,729 TEUs in October 2020.
March 2022 loaded imports reached 495,196 TEUs compared to the previous year, an increase of 1 per cent year-on-year.
Loaded exports came in at 11,781 TEUs, a 9 per cent decrease compared to the same period last year.Exports have now declined 37 of the last 41 months in Los Angeles.
Empty containers climbed to 351,697 TEUs in March 2022, a jump of 2 per cent compared to last year.
Three months into 2022, overall cargo volume through the Port ofLos Angeleshas reached 2.68m TEUs, a 3.5 per cent increase compared to 2021. It was the port’sbest first quarter on record.
“With improved fluidity on our docks and fewer vessels waiting to enter the port, our terminals are processing cargo at record levels,” said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka “Yet we’re not taking anything for granted. We’re using our Port Optimizer data to find developing issues and adjust to market demands. We will keep working at this every day.”