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25% increase in container volumes for Port of Los Angeles in 2024 compared to 2023

The Port of Los Angeles experienced a busy April 2024, handling 770,337 container units representing a 12% increase compared to 2023 making it the 9th consecutive month of year-over-year growth at the busiest container port in the USA.

As for the yearly volumes in the first 4 months of 2024, the Port of Los Angeles processed 3,150,841 TEUs across its various terminals representing nearly 25% more in volume than in 2023.

This figure also represents a 5% higher throughput than the Port’s five-year average from 2019, including two years of pandemic where the port handled record volumes.

Announcing these figures at a media briefing, Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles said “All our vital operational statistics at the Port of Los Angeles are at or better than pre-COVID levels. I’ve been urging shippers to take advantage of our fluid terminals and excess capacity. We’re ready to upscale on demand as we move into the second half of 2024.

Seroka was joined at the Port’s media briefing by Daniel Hackett of Hackett Associates, which produces a rolling six-month forecast of imports from 16 major container ports across North America. Hackett shared insights into the rise of West Coast cargo volumes over the past year and the outlook for a traditional “peak season” shipping season later this year.

As per port statistics, the Port of Los Angeles handled 416,929 import TEUs in April 2024, up 21% compared to April 2023 the previous year, and 133,046 export TEUs, an increase of 51% compared to April 2023 making April 2024 the 11th consecutive month of year-over-year export gains. The Port processed 220,262 empty containers, a 14% decrease compared to 2023.

The Port of Los Angeles is North America’s leading trade gateway and has ranked as the No. 1 container port in the United States for 24 consecutive years. In 2023, the Port generated $292 billion in trade and handled a total of 8.6 million container units, sustaining its top rank among ports in the USA.


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