Los Angeles breaks 800,000 TEU mark, H1 performance lagging behind 2022

Port of Los Angeles handles over 833,000 TEU in June

The Port of Los Angeles has moved 833,035 TEU in June, its greatest performance since July of last year and just 5 per cent less than the previous year’s record.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka during a media briefing on 12 July said: “Cargo volume has increased a remarkable 70 per cent since February with four months of consecutive gains.

“Although we will likely see cargo ease in July, I’m optimistic that the second half of 2023 will show improved performance compared to the first six months.”

Seroka was joined at the port’s media briefing by Acting US Secretary of Labor Julie Su, who discussed her role in the recent tentative agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

Su also spoke on the US Labour Department’s measures to generate employment and empower American workers.

Loaded imports in June 2023 totaled 435,307 TEU, a 2 per cent decrease from the previous year.

Loaded exports totalled 108,050 TEU, a 15 per cent increase over the previous year. Empty containers totalled 289,679 TEU, a 14 per cent decrease year on year.

The port handled 4.14 TEU in the first six months of 2023, a 24 per cent decrease over the same time in 2022.

The Port of Los Angeles saw a significant increase in container traffic in 2022, moving 9.9 million TEU.

In May 2023, cargo volume at the Port of Los Angeles climbed for the third month in a row, with the port handling close to 800,000 TEU.

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