The Port of Los Angeles saw its busiest-ever January, with 33 percent more goods moved than the previous January, when congestion and labor disputes slowed activity.
The port moved 704,398 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units, or TEUs, last month, with imports growing 41.6 percent to 367,208 TEUs and exports up 1.5 percent to 126,240 TEUs.
The increased activity follows a sluggish year in which activity dipped 2.5 percent, compared with 2014.
“Record January volumes is a very encouraging way to start 2016, particularly after the slow start that West Coast ports experienced last year,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said.
“As cargo owners replenish their inventories after the holiday season, our terminals and supply chain partners continue to demonstrate progress in moving larger container volumes per ship call, and we are grateful for the work they’ve done in recent months to increase supply chain efficiencies and optimization,” Seroka said.
—Staff and wire reports
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