Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said Friday that cargo operations continue to run “smoothly,” although overall business at the port has declined compared to last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The good news is that workforce labor shift counts at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles last week were up 20% and were at their highest level in nearly two months,” Seroka said. “We also anticipate higher container volume in April as manufacturing in China normalizes and some U.S. businesses replenish their inventories.
“This is encouraging news in the short term, but unfortunately, overall volume in 2020 will be considerably lower than last year,” he said.
He said more safety precautions are being taken at the San Pedro Bay Port Complex, and the evening labor shift is starting an hour later so cargo-handling equipment and radios can be sanitized, and all terminals and gates are open daily.
Seroka is currently serving as the city of Los Angeles chief logistics officer, leading Logistics Victory Los Angeles, or LovLA, which works to ensure the medical supply chain flowing into local hospitals remains strong.
As part of this effort, Apple has provided LovLA with 160,000 face shields for frontline hospital workers and others who need them. People can visit LoVLA.org for more information.
Seroka also said work on key port constructions projects, such as the Badger Avenue Bridge and LA Waterfront, has not been affected and will continue.
Most of the port’s office staff is telecommuting at this time, but no routine or special projects have been affected, he said.
A video of Seroka’s statements can be found at portofla.org/covid19.
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