The Port of Los Angeles announced Thursday that November was the sixth busiest in its history, with 832,331 twenty-foot equivalent units processed.
November was also the fifth consecutive month that volumes exceeded 800,000 TEUs, according to port officials, adding that 11 months into 2018, overall volumes totaled 8,555,490 TEUs, nearly the same as compared to 2017, when an all-time annual cargo record was set.
“In November, we processed a number of high-volume vessels brought into service to facilitate the holiday season cargo surge and accommodate the push to import cargo before tariffs that were previously scheduled to increase on Jan. 1,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “As we enjoy the holiday season, I’m grateful to all of our labor workforce, customers and stakeholders for the role they play in moving such a high volume of trade. As 2019 approaches, we are committed to tackling the challenges and seizing the opportunities that await.”
In November, imports decreased 8.8 percent to 422,793 TEUs compared to the same time period last year, while exports fell 14.3 percent to 152,527 TEUs, and empty containers decreased 9.1 percent to 257,011 TEUs. Combined, November overall volumes were 832,331 TEUs, a 9.9 percent decrease compared to last year, when the port set an all-time record until it was surpassed in October 2018.
Eleonora Maersk, calling at the port’s APM terminals, set a North American record for a single cargo vessel, with the off-loading and then loading of 27,846 TEUs.