Facts and Figures

Annual Facts and Figures Card

Port of Los Angeles Facts and Figures Card (2020)The information presented on this website is provided free of charge. When sourcing this data, please credit the Port of Los Angeles.

Published annually in the first quarter, the Port of Los Angeles Facts & Figures card provides at-a-glance statistics based on data for the following years:
  • Calendar Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2020/21 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021)
  • Calendar Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2019/20 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020)
Final Calendar Year 2022 data will be available in March 2023.

Key Statistics

  • Ranked #1 container port in Western Hemisphere for 23 consecutive years (2000-2022)
  • Handled 9.9 million TEUs in CY 2022 (second highest year on record)
  • Handled 10.7 million TEUs in CY 2021 (highest year on record)
  • A department of the City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles Harbor Department)
  • Governed by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners
  • Founded December 9, 1907


  • 7,500 acres (4,300 land/3,200 water)
  • 43 miles of waterfront
  • -53’ Main Channel water depth
  • 25 cargo terminals, including seven container terminals
  • 82 ship-to-shore container cranes
  • 116 miles of rail, including five on-dock railyards and a classification yard
  • 15 marinas with 3,736 recreational vessel slips and dry docks

Trade Volume

For the past 23 years, the Port of Los Angeles has been the busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere. With record volumes for containerized trade, economic activity generated by the Port—including its connection to 1 in 9 jobs in Southern California and nearly 3 million jobs nationwide—is a bellwether for the health of the overall U.S. economy.
  CY 2021 CY 2020 CY 2019
Automobiles (Units) 102,767 103,453 127,042
Cargo Tonnage 222 MMRT (FY 2020/21) 183 MMRT (FY 2019/20) 207 MMRT (FY 2018/19)
Container Volume 10.7 million TEUs 9.2 million TEUs 9.3 million TEUs
Cruise Ship Calls (Total Passengers) 61 (151,971) 34  (173,947) 124 (650,010)
Vessel Arrivals (All Types) 1,863 1,654 1,867
Top Five Containerized Imports
furniture (766,066)
auto parts (318,825)
apparel (306,093)
plastics (281,252)
footwear (231,176)
furniture (644,136)
auto parts (291,316)
apparel (282,180)
electronics (226,631)
plastics (210,751)
furniture (529,872)
automobile parts (340,546)
apparel (312,655)
footwear (222,465)
electronics (209,622)
Top Five Containerized Exports
pet/animal feed (211,353)
paper/wastepaper (135,402)
soybeans (86,007)
fabrics/raw cotton (57,675)
scrap metal (52,674)
pet/animal feed (193,986)
paper/wastepaper (175,553)
soybeans (123,691)
scrap metal (94,542)
fabrics/raw cotton (90,878)
paper/wastepaper (240,623)
pet/animal feed (181,639)
fabrics/raw cotton (103,671)
scrap metal (100,787)
soybeans (95,148)
Top Five Trading Partners
(Cargo Value)
China/Hong Kong ($132 billion)
Japan ($37 billion)
Vietnam ($28 billion)
Taiwan ($18 billion)
South Korea ($16 billion)
China/Hong Kong ($115 billion)
Japan ($35 billion)
Vietnam ($23 billion)
Taiwan ($17 billion)
South Korea ($14 billion)
China/Hong Kong ($128 billion)
Japan ($38 billion)
Vietnam ($21 billion)
South Korea ($15 billion)
Taiwan ($15 billion)
Top Five Foreign Trade Routes
(Percentage of Cargo Handled)
Northeast Asia (73%)
Southeast Asia (21%)
India Sub-continent (2%)
Northern Europe (1%)
Mexico/Central America (1%)
Northeast Asia (72%)
Southeast Asia (21%)
India Sub-continent (2%)
Northern Europe (2%)
Middle East (1%)
Northeast Asia (74%)
Southeast Asia (19%)
India Sub-continent (2%)
Northern Europe (2%)
Mexico/Central America (1%)


The Port of Los Angeles is funded by revenues it earns from fees for shipping services and leasing of Port property. The Port has an AA bond rating with a stable outlook, the highest rating given to a port without taxing authority.
  FY 2020/21 FY 2019/20 FY 2018/19
Cargo Value $294 billion (CY 2021) $259 billion (CY 2020) $276 billion (CY 2019)
Adopted Budget $1.5 billion    $1.6 billion $1.3 billion
Operating Revenue $572 million $468 million $506 million
Operating Expenses $274 million $274 million $240 million
Capital Improvement Program $112 million $80 million $47 million

Economic Impacts

The Port of Los Angeles and neighboring Port of Long Beach comprise the San Pedro Bay port complex, which handles more containers per ship call than any other port complex in the world. The following statistics are based on percentage of containerized waterborne import cargo handled in CY 2021. The five-county region includes the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.

Port of Los Angeles San Pedro Bay Port Complex
(Port of Los Angeles + Port of Long Beach)
Ranked #17 in the world Ranked #9 in the world
134,000 jobs in Los Angeles (1 in 14) 181,000 jobs in Los Angeles/Long Beach (1 in 12)
480,000 jobs in five-county region (1 in 17) 951,000 jobs in five-county region (1 in 9)
1,452,000 jobs throughout the U.S. (1 in 101) 2,728,000 jobs throughout the U.S. (1 in 54)
40% of West Coast’s market share 74% of West Coast’s market share
16% of United States' market share 31% of United States' market share

Market Share Explained

In 2021, the total volume of all international trade, imports and exports, moving in shipping containers through U.S. seaports equaled 39.1 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).
The Port of Los Angeles had a 16% market share in 2021. This percentage reflects the Port’s contribution of all containerized waterborne international trade the U.S. handled in 2021. The Port handled about 6.4 million loaded TEUs, which is 16% of the total 39.1 million TEUs.  
When data for the Port of Los Angeles is combined with the Port of Long Beach, the two ports handled 31% of all containerized international waterborne trade in the U.S.—meaning 31% of everything the U.S. imported or exported in containers over the water came through the San Pedro Bay port complex, which includes the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. 
Container trade, while a major source of consumer goods, is just a portion of the total U.S. trade. The San Pedro Bay ports don’t handle 31% of ALL U.S. trade, just 31% of the portion that moves in containers through seaports.
US TradeNumbers provides supplemental trade data on the Port of Los Angeles. The data is updated monthly by WorldCity, Inc., which generates datasets with the U.S. Census Bureau.