Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

All cargo terminals at the Port of Los Angles have remained open and operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of America’s supply chain, port operations, manufacturing and distribution are essential and continue without interruption.
View our Cargo Operations Dashboard to get a daily snapshot of the Port's current operational status, including vessels in port and at anchor, container terminal gate hours and real-time cargo-tracking data tools, the Signal, Return Signal and Control Tower.
Ports are experiencing an unprecedented cargo surge, like never seen before. In fact, every single part of the supply chain is impacted, including ships, railroads, trucks, warehouses and distribution centers. As a result of the pandemic, American consumer purchasing increased last summer and the effects are still being felt today. Simply put, people are ordering more and more products online, and the supply chain is working in overdrive to keep up.
There are a few options when tracking containers. First, each container is assigned a number; it’s helpful to have that information.
You can sign up for the Port Optimizer™, powered by Wabtec, which features an advanced preview of shipments arriving in port and also breaks the data down by container type and mode of transportation. Register here. Before registering, watch a tutorial video, here.
Alternatively, you can always contact a Freight Forwarder. Freight forwarders and brokers are available to assist importers and exporters in shipping cargo – they have the knowledge and expertise to navigate the supply chain on your behalf. Learn how to contact a freight forwarder, here.
Lastly, if you know which shipping line you've used, you can track directly from their website. You may also need the bill of lading (BOL) number.
To minimize risks, the Port of Los Angeles is adhering to guidelines from local, state and federal health agencies. As necessary, the Port consults with a range of agencies on health-related issues, including the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other public agencies.
As Chief Logistics Officer for the City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka spearheads Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA), which matches suppliers of PPE with local health care providers to help treat COVID-19 patients. As of August 2021, the Port and LoVLA have distributed more than 10.2 million units of PPE to nearly 250 organizations. Additionally, the Port has provided cleaning materials to the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to disinfect marine terminals and supply port workers with PPE. In addition, the Port and LoVLA has provided PPE to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Teamsters, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (LA County Fed) and United Farm Workers (UFW).
The Port of Los Angeles is helping to move medical supplies and PPE to those who need them most. Through supply chain optimization and the unique purchasing capabilities of the City of Los Angeles, Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA) was established in April 2020 to create a clear path for organizations impacted by COVID-19 to access supplies without the threat of upselling or unnecessary delays. If your organization is interested in purchasing PPE at-cost through LoVLA, visit
The City of Los Angeles offers FREE COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at several mobile locations in and around the Harbor area. No appointment required and walk-ins are welcome. Shots are administered by LAFD. Click here to learn more.
The Port of Los Angeles remains focused on long-term infrastructure investments, increasing competitiveness and opportunities to expand markets. Key construction projects moving forward include enhancements to the Everport Container Terminal, several marine oil terminals and on-dock rail capability. The Port’s current list of active projects totals $367 million in capital spending that will generate an estimated 3,011 construction jobs from start to finish. LA Waterfront public access projects in both Wilmington and San Pedro continue to move forward.
Passenger cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles resumed in September 2021. Get more information:
The Port of Los Angeles is owned by the State of California and managed by the City of Los Angeles. Visit the California State Lands Commission website for more information.