The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo
in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192
Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s
record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western
“We are powering Los Angeles’ economy to
new heights every year, because we know that lasting prosperity means investing
boldly in jobs, opportunity, and growth,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“The success of our Port tells the story of a city whose moment has arrived —
and we will continue pushing forward as we expand our role in the global
“2017 was a year beyond expectations but
it was not by chance,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.
“Our growth is a direct result of a concerted, multi-year effort by the Port
and its many partners to maximize efficiency throughout the supply chain. All
the collaborative work by a broad range of global maritime stakeholders has
delivered these remarkable results.”
Supply chain efficiencies implemented by
the Port in 2017 included technology upgrades, like the new “Port
Optimizer” digital information portal developed by the Port in collaboration with GE
Transportation. The optimizer aggregates key cargo data online to facilitate
better cargo tracking, projections and productivity. Infrastructure upgrades
like those completed at TraPac Container Terminal and Yusen Terminals, Inc.
during 2017 continue to boost the Port’s ability to service increasingly larger
ships, as well as to more efficiently facilitate cargo movement throughout its
“We are extremely proud of the role our
workforce has played in achieving this cargo milestone, and in keeping the San
Pedro Bay port complex the number one trade gateway in the U.S.,” said Mark
Mendoza, President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union 13.
“The cargo volume for 2017 reflects the
importance of the Port of Los Angeles, not just to the regional economy but the
nation,” said John McLaurin, President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping
Association (PMSA). “The record volume could not have taken place without the
hard work and cooperation of everyone in the supply chain.”
December imports decreased
2.2 percent to 385,492 TEUs. Exports decreased 7.3 percent to 152,865 TEUs.
Along with a 1.5 percent rise in empty containers, overall December
containers were 779,210 TEUs, an overall decrease of 2.2 percent compared to
the previous year.