Port of Los Angeles Information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No. All Port of Los Angeles terminals are operational and we are conducting business as usual.
No. There are currently no reports of any vessel impacts due to COVID-19 at any of the Port of Los Angeles terminals.
Goods will continue to flow in and out of the Port of Los Angeles, which remains open with all terminals operational during this global public health crisis. Port operations, manufacturing and distribution are considered critical and essential, as part of America’s supply chain, which must continue.
To minimize risks, the Port of Los Angeles is coordinating with our federal, state and local partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and other emergency and public health agencies. The Port has also canceled upcoming public events, including the next Harbor Commission meeting, as a precautionary measure. We’ve suspended school and business boat tours until further notice.
Yes. All Port of Los Angeles terminals ar open and operating. Cargo volumes are at 85% of normal traffic.
All cruise lines operating out of the Port of Los Angeles have suspended their cruises until further notice. Click here for the cruise ship schedule.
Longshore labor is represented through the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and employed by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Longshore workers are continuing to work at the Port of Los Angeles. According to the most recent figures released by the PMA, work shifts at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have declined since the beginning of the year as compared to this time last year.
The Port of Los Angeles does not employ truckers directly. Truckers are hired by shipping lines, importers, exporters, or their nominee.
The Port’s biggest imports are not food – they are furniture, automobile parts, apparel, footwear and electronics. Meat, dairy and produce groups as well as federal regulators say the U.S. has an ample amount of products in cold storage to handle the unexpected demand for food and household products from Americans. The food industry is urging consumers to remain calm and avoid hoarding. Shelves at your local stores may appear empty due to a demand issue, not a supply issue. Purchase enough food for your family, but don’t overdo it. Think of your neighbors and remember there is plenty of food in the supply chain.
Bottled water, toilet paper and hand sanitizer are not imported from China. These products are manufactured in the U.S.
China's manufacturing is expected to be restored over the next 30 to 60 days.
No. The Port of Los Angeles is owned by the State of California and managed by the City of Los Angeles.
The USNS Mercy arrived Friday, March 27 and will serve as a referral hospital for patients NOT infected with COVID-19. Instead the ship will handle overflow of acute trauma cases and other urgent needs allowing shore-based hospitals to focus medical care resources on the treatment of coronavirus patients.​

port of los angeles videos

Port of Los Angeles Moving Cargo, Preparing for Arrival of USNS Mercy

March 23: The Port of Los Angeles continues to move cargo at all of its terminals and helps protect the port workforce amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. Meanwhile, Port officials are working with the U.S. Navy to prepare for the arrival of the USNS MERCY.

March 18: Port of Los Angeles Moving Cargo, Safeguarding Workforce

The Port of Los Angeles continues to move cargo at all of its terminals while taking all precautions necessary to protect workers during the COVID-19 public health crisis. All terminals are open and operating.

March 12: Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Video Statement on Coronavirus

The Port of Los Angeles released a video statement by Executive Director Gene Seroka to address the concerns of the Los Angeles Harbor community and port stakeholders regarding the coronavirus.

In the media
NPR 'All Things Considered'

NPR 'All Things Considered': How Coronavirus Is Impacting Traffic Through The Port of Los Angeles

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, about the impact of coronavirus on West Coast ports. 

Air Date: March 11, 2020
CBS This Morning: Coronavirus’ impact on the U.S. economy

CBS This Morning: Coronavirus’ impact on the U.S. economy

Coronavirus quarantines in China have had a significant impact on the global economy. In Los Angeles, where 40% of all shipped imports enter the country at the U.S.’s largest port, traffic is slowing down and affecting job earnings as factory shutdowns are taking a toll on the supply chain.

Air Date: Mar 6, 2020
CNBC: Pain at the Ports

CNBC: Pain at the Ports; Virus Fallout for Shippers

Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss how coronavirus has impacted the West Coast. 

Air date: Feb. 25, 2020