Records tumble as Los Angeles posts best June ever

Port of Los Angeles, California, USA - April 27, 2022: image of container ships, one moored and one in transit, shown on a sunny day with blue sky.

The Port of Los Angeles moved 876,611 TEU in June, edging out last year as the best June in the port’s 115-year history.

At the mid-point of 2022, the port has handled more than 5.4 million TEU, matching last year’s record-setting pace.

June 2022 loaded imports reached 444,680 TEU compared to the previous year, a decrease of 5 per cent but 12 per cent higher than the previous five-year June average.

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Loaded exports came in at 93,890 TEU, a 2.3 per cent decrease compared to the same period last year.

American exports out of the Port of Los Angeles have declined 39 of the past 44 months – prompting calls for favourable legislation for American exporters.

Empty containers reached 338,041 TEU, an increase of 8.1 per cent compared to last year.

“Halfway through the year, we’ve been able to reduce the number of vessels waiting to berth by 75 per cent, allowing dock workers to efficiently process more vessels,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

“We’re already beginning to handle back-to-school, fall fashion and year-end holiday goods. Despite inflation and higher-than-usual inventory, we expect cargo volume to remain robust the second half of the year.”

In May 2022 Los Angeles posted its third-best month on record, moving 967,900 TEU

Loaded imports reached 499,960 TEU, down 6.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Loaded exports came in at 125,656 TEU, a 14.3 per cent increase year-on-year. This also marked the highest level of exports processed at the Port of Los Angeles since November 2020.

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