The Port of Los Angeles announced Thursday that last month was the busiest April in the port’s 114-year history, with a 37% increase in 20-foot equivalent units moved compared to the same month the previous year.
“We have set records six of the last nine months, and the other three months were very close to new milestones,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “It’s truly been an unprecedented run here in Los Angeles. I’m grateful to our dedicated labor force and waterfront partners who work so hard to keep improving our services.”
On Wednesday, the Port of Long Beach announced that last month was also its strongest April in history, with a 43% increase in units moved compared to the previous year. That was its 10th consecutive month that the port broke a particular month’s cargo movement record.
The Port of Long Beach last month moved 746,188 20-foot equivalent units last month, making it the first April that the seaport handled more than 700,000 TEUs.
The Port of Los Angeles moved 946,966 TEUs last month. Of that, 490,127 were imports, an increase of 32% compared to last year, and 113,449 were exports, a 12% decrease from last year, port officials reported. The export decrease last month was the 27th month that exports at the port declined over the last 30 months.
A total of 89 cargo ships arrived in April at the port, including two extra loaders.
“Fewer ships are going straight to anchor, and of those that do, the wait time is decreasing as our labor force and supply chain partners adeptly handle the steady stream of cargo on our docks,” Seroka said. “This volume surge has resulted in additional work opportunities for dockworkers, truckers, warehouse employees and others.”
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