Thursday, August 10, 2017

Port of Los Angeles Sets July Box Record

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles posted the busiest July in its history, moving 796,804 TEUs last month, according to statistics released by the port Thursday.

This represents a 16 percent jump from the same period last year, when the port moved 687,891 TEUs. It also surpassed the 761,326 TEUs established back in July 2006, thus breaking the previous record. The port also handled 417,090 imported TEUs , a 13 percent spike from July 2016, and moved 154,925 TEUs in exports, a 17 percent increase over last year.

“As we strive to maintain our competitive edge with these record volumes, it’s important to acknowledge the Pacific Maritime Association and the good men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union who just extended their contract with terminal operators until 2022,” said port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The certainty that comes from this decision builds further long-term confidence in our supply chain as we continue to focus on superior infrastructure, innovative leadership and extraordinary customer service.”

The port is on its way to exceed last year’s record of 8.8 million TEUs, as cargo volumes are currently up 9.5 percent thus far.