LA Port Cargo Volume 22 Percent Higher Compared to 2020

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
November 19, 2021 Updated: November 19, 2021

LOS ANGELES—The Port of Los Angeles announced Nov. 18 and cargo volume this year has been 22 percent higher than at this time in 2020.

“Amid the array of challenges facing the supply chain, we continue to deliver more cargo than ever,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “The National Retail Federation is forecasting a record holiday season as many outlets such as Walmart, Target, and Home Depot report strong sales.

“In recent weeks, clearing our docks of imports and empties has been a top priority. As a result, we’ve seen a marked improvement of fluidity on our marine terminals, which allows more vessels to be processed.”

The San Pedro Port Complex has experienced a backlog of container vessels in recent weeks, prompting involvement from the state and the White House to attempt to mitigate the supply chain disruptions.

Seroka said that since Oct. 24, there’s been a 31 percent drop in the number of import containers in marine terminals, and a 35 percent drop in import containers dwelling nine days or more.

The port is scheduled Monday to enforce a “Container Excess Dwell Fee” on containers lingering at the port, one of several efforts intended to speed the processing of cargo and eliminate a backlog of ships trying to deliver merchandise. The fee’s enactment was delayed due to progress reducing the number of import containers at the port.

Loaded exports dropped 32 percent compared to the same month in 2020, and empty containers increased 2 percent.