714,755 TEUs Represent 8.9% Spike

SAN PEDRO, Calif. - May 11, 2017 - April cargo volumes surged 8.9 percent at the Port of Los Angeles compared to the same month last year. It was the best April in the Port’s 110-year history.

For the first four months of 2017, cargo has increased 10 percent compared to 2016, which was a record-breaking year for the Port.

"April was the first month of new vessel alliance deployments around the globe, and we are pleased that the Port of Los Angeles provided world-class service and efficiency at our terminals," said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. "We continue to seek new ways to improve operations, such as our new partnership with GE Transportation that will allow data access to our stakeholders that has never been seen before in our industry."

April 2017 imports increased 8.3 percent to 372,040 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) compared to the previous year. Exports increased 9.4 percent to 157,661 TEUs. Total loaded volumes of 529,702 TEUs increased 8.6 percent compared to the previous year. Empty containers grew 9.8 percent to 185,052 TEUs.

The April tally of 714,755 TEUs is the the strongest April in the Port’s 110-year history, eclipsing the April 2012 record of 707,182 TEUs. The Port's most recent five-year average of April container volumes is 674,540 TEUs, and this year's volumes represent a 6 percent increase over the five-year average.

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 $272 billion in trade during 2016. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.