By Mark Edward Nero
Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased nearly 16 percent in October compared to the same period last year, marking the busiest month ever at a Western Hemisphere container port, according to data collected by the American Association of Port Authorities.
Total volumes registered at 814,574 TEUs, eclipsing the previous record of 800,063 TEUs, which was recorded at the Port of Los Angeles in October 2006.
“We applaud our container terminals, labor and all of the stakeholders in our supply chain that drove this record-breaking volume with speed, efficiency and reliability,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said in a statement.
“It’s encouraging to see that when cargo surges, we have the infrastructure, equipment and human capital to keep the boxes moving.”
Imports increased 16.4 percent to 417,311 TEUs during the month, while exports jumped 23.3 percent to 166,406 TEUs. Along with an 18.3 percent surge in empty containers, overall October container volumes were 814,574 TEUs, according to data.
Through the first 10 months of 2016, the POLA’s cargo volumes were at 7,182,682 TEUs, representing an increase of 5.25 percent compared to the same period last year. So far during the current fiscal year, which began July 1, LA has recorded 3.04 million TEUs, a 4.4 percent rise from the 2.92 million containers during the corresponding period during FY 2016.
Current and past data container counts for the Port of L.A. may be found at: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp.