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.
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.
American consumer purchasing increased during the summer of 2020 and the effects lingered for more than two years. In 2021, ports experienced an unprecedented cargo surge, like never seen before. Every single part of the supply chain was impacted, including ships, railroads, trucks, warehouses and distribution centers. In 2022, while some challenges remain, cargo velocity on the Port's marine terminals is better than it was a year ago. There's been no lull in cargo volume to catch up in the backlog of ships, and the number of vessels waiting at anchor has been reduced by 90% — a huge accomplishment by all across the supply chain.
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.
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.
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.
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.