Friday, July 21, 2017

LA Port Sets Record

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles has set a new annual record for most container throughput by a Western Hemisphere port, ending its 12-month fiscal year with more than 9.2 million TEUs in overall cargo.

According to latest statistics released this week, the nation’s busiest seaport handled 9,205,755 TEUs from the fiscal year that took place from July 1, 2016, to June 30.

“As we mark the mid-point of 2017, we are grateful to our terminal operators, shipping lines, labor force and land-side supply chain stakeholders for their focus on teamwork and efficiency, because they are the reason why we attained record-breaking volumes these past 12 months,” said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka. “Despite unprecedented change in our industry, we are demonstrating the LA Advantage in terms of world-class infrastructure, competitive pricing and extraordinary customer service.”

Last month, 731,032 TEUs moved through the Los Angeles port, an 8.1 percent increase from June 2016, making it the port’s second busiest June ever.

The port handled 372,272 TEUs in imports in June, 4.7 percent rise from the same time last year. Exports in June also grew 3.5 percent to 145,527 TEUs when compared to June 2016.