Cargo moving through the Port of Los Angeles jumped 7.3% in February compared to last year, the port announced Wednesday, representing back-to-back record months to begin 2022.
Since November, the port has increased the number of containers leaving its docks by 16%, said executive director Gene Seroka in a statement.
“The combined efforts of dock workers, terminal operators and our waterfront partners have improved fluidity and productivity,” he said.
Loaded imports increased 2.7% in February to 424,073 TEUs, while loaded exports dropped 5.7% to 95,441 TEUs. Exports have now declined 36 of the last 40 months in Los Angeles.
Empty containers climbed to 338,251 TEUs, a jump of 18.6% compared to last year due to continued heavy demand in Asia.
Overall cargo volume so far this year has grown 5.4% compared to 2021.
“We’re taking advantage of the temporary lull in ship arrivals due to the Lunar New Year production slowdown in Asia to prepare for another wave of imports,” Seroka said. “We expect an increase in those vessel arrivals soon as retailers begin to replenish their low inventories.”
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