Volumes Reach 736,466 TEUs, 4.4% Increase Over Previous Year

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – May 9, 2019 – The Port of Los Angeles handled 736,466 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in April, the busiest April in the Port’s 112-year history. The volumes reflect growth of 4.4 percent compared to last April and is three percent more than the previous April record in 2017.
For the first four months of 2019, Port volumes have increased 4.5 percent compared to the same period last year.
“With three-plus years of record throughput, we are focused on partnering with our stakeholders to refine operations for even greater efficiencies,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Despite heightened uncertainty in global trade, we continue to invest and prepare our infrastructure and services to provide the best value for our customers.”
April 2019 imports were essentially flat at 360,745 TEUs compared to 361,108 TEUs last April. Exports decreased 5.6 percent to 155,533 TEUs. Empty containers increased 22.5 percent to 220,189 TEUs.
Previously, the strongest April volumes at the Port occurred in 2017 with 714,755 TEUs.
Current and historical data is available here.
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovatively strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $297 billion in trade during 2018. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.



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