The Port of Los Angeles Thursday announced it moved 856,389 cargo units in July, the busiest month thus far of 2020, and it was also the second-best July in the port’s history, trailing July 2019 by 6.1%.
“Fewer canceled sailings and 11 additional ad hoc or unscheduled ship calls helped drive both imports and exports higher than recent months but still short of last July’s all-time record,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “Preliminary data for August indicates solid volumes as retailers continue restocking inventories and preparing for the year-end holiday season.”
July loaded imports decreased 4.3% to 456,029 cargo units compared to the previous year. Loaded exports dropped 21.7% to 126,354 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs, the stanard cargo measurement). Empty containers declined 0.1% to 274,007 units. In total, July volumes totaled 856,389 units, the port reported.
Seven months into 2020, overall volumes are 4,618,278, representing a decline of 15.3% compared to 2019.
The Port of Los Angeles has remained open with all terminals operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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