The Port of Los Angeles processed 903,865 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in September, its busiest September in the Port’s 114-year history.

Year-to-date, overall cargo volume stands at 8,176,917 TEUs, an increase of 26 percent compared to 2020.

“Despite the global supply chain challenges, the Port of Los Angeles and its partners continue to deliver record amounts of cargo,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This is made possible by the extraordinary effort of our longshore workers, truck drivers, terminal operators, and so many others on the waterfront and in our region’s warehouses. I’m grateful to all of them.

“Of particular note is the great work by BNSF and Union Pacific, which have reduced the rail backlog in half in the last month and by two-thirds over the last two months,” Seroka added. “We’ve got more work to do but we’ve made significant progress due to the collaborative efforts with our Class 1 railroads.”

  • September 2021 loaded imports reached 468,059 TEUs, about the same amount compared to the previous year.
  • Loaded exports dropped 42 percent to 75,714 TEUs compared to the same period last year—the lowest number of exports since 2002.
  • Empty containers climbed to 360,092 TEUs, a jump of 28 percent compared to last year due to the continued demand in Asia.
  • In total, September’s 903,865 TEUs were 2.3 percent above last September’s previous record of 883,625 TEUs.

For current and historical cargo data, go here.

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