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Port of Los Angeles volumes drops in August 2022 as reduced demand manifests itself

After record-breaking cargo volume in 2021 and the first half of 2022, the import surge at the Port of Los Angeles slowed in August 2022.

In a release sent out by the Port of Los Angeles, it advised that the port handled an estimated 806,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in August 2022 ending the surge of imports experienced in the past 12-18 months. This is an estimated drop of 15% volume compared to 2021.

Some goods that usually arrive in August the for the fall and winter season shipped earlier to make sure they reached their destination in time,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said at a news briefing. “Additionally, inflationary concerns and elevated inventory levels have made some retailers and e-commerce sellers more cautious.

We’ve been able to nearly eliminate the backlog of ships waiting to enter the port by 90% compared to earlier this year,” Seroka added. “We’ve got capacity on our terminals and the ability to handle cargo coming in more efficiently than last holiday season.

Although the figures mentioned in the briefing are estimates, it is expected that the estimates will change only slightly when final.

August 2022 loaded imports reached an estimated 404,000 TEUs compared to the previous year, a decrease of about 17%. Loaded exports reached an estimated 100,000 TEUs, a 1% increase drop compared to last August. Empty containers landed at an estimated 301,000 TEUs, an 18% decline compared to the previous year.

As of August 2022, the Port of Los Angeles has moved an estimated 7.2 million TEUs, about 1.6% down from last year’s record pace.

The Port of Los Angeles is North America’s leading trade gateway and the busiest seaport in the Western Hemisphere. It has ranked as the number one container port in the United States for 22 consecutive years.

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