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100 Years of Growth

Cargo Growth

Displayed in 25-year increments for the Port's Centennial (1907-2007)

  1907 1932 1957 1982 2007
Cargo Value $45.4 million1    $790.6 million $1 billion  $9.4 billion  $238.4 billion
Cargo Tonnage 1.1 million tons   19 million short tons  24.1 million short tons  5.1 MMRT2 189.6 MMRT
Top Import Lumber Lumber  Copra (dried coconut)  Oil  Furniture
Top Export Oil Oil Steel Petroleum Coke Paper Products
Top Trading Partner Pacific Northwest Japan Japan Japan China
2 MMRT=Million Metric Revenue Tons




Containerization is a system of freight and cargo transport using standard containers that can be loaded and sealed intact onto container ships, railroad cars, planes and trucks. Almost every manufactured product spends some time in a container. Containerization is an important element of the innovations in logistics and security that revolutionized freight handling in the 20th century.

The Port of Los Angeles is the #1 container port by volume in the United States. The Port of Los Angeles has held this distinction consistently since 2000. In 2014, the Port moved an impressive 8.3 million TEUs that established a new national container record.  

For the second consecutive year, the Port of Los Angeles experienced record-breaking exports as outbound container volumes surged in 2011 and 2010. As part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative Agenda of 2010, which calls for a doubling of U.S. exports over a five-year period, the Port continues to focus on assisting businesses throughout the region learn the basics of exporting, including costs, risks, finding overseas markets, trade financing and logistics. Export workshops occur throughout the year.

Annual container counts for Port of Los Angeles in Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) -- a standard measurement used in the maritime industry for measuring containers of varying lengths -- are presented on the column to the right. This information is available as far back as 1980.

2014 8.3 million TEUs
2013 7.9 million TEUs
2012 8.1 million TEUs
2011 7.9 million TEUs
2010 7.8 million TEUs
2009 6.7 million TEUs
2008 7.8 million TEUs
2007 8.4 million TEUs 
2006 8.5 million TEUs  
2005 7.5 million TEUs  
2004 7.3 million TEUs    
2003 7.1 million TEUs
2002 6.1 million TEUs
2001 5.2 million TEUs 
2000 4.9 million TEUs
1999 3.8 million TEUs 
1998 3.4 million TEUs
1997 2.9 million TEUs
1996 2.7 million TEUs   
1995 2.5 million TEUs 
1994 2.5 million TEUs 
1993 2.3 million TEUs
1992 2.3 million TEUs  
1991 2.0 million TEUs 
1990 2.1 million TEUs
1989 2.1 million TEUs
1988 1.7 million TEUs
1987 1.6 million TEUs
1986 1.3 million TEUs 
1985 1.1 million TEUs
1984 908,000 TEUs
1983 734,000 TEUs 
1982 606,000 TEUs
1981 476,000 TEUs  
1980 633,000 TEUs  

  Shaded boxes reflect years the Port of Los Angeles has ranked as the #1 container port in the United States.

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