Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
It was announced from San Pedro, California, in mid-July that the Port of Los Angeles moved 876,611 TEU in June, edging out last year as the best June in the Port’s 115-year history. At the mid-point of 2022, the Port has handled more than 5.4 million TEU, matching last year’s record-setting pace.
In the words of Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka: ‘Halfway through the year, we have been able to reduce the number of vessels waiting to berth by 75%, allowing dock workers to efficiently process more vessels.
‘We are already beginning to handle back-to-school, fall fashion and year-end holiday goods. Despite inflation and higher-than-usual inventory, we expect cargo volume to remain robust the second half of the year.’
Seroka announced the June numbers at a media briefing, where he was joined by retired General Stephen R Lyons, the recently appointed Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force.
Lyons discussed supply chain challenges nationwide and what is being done to improve the movement of goods and help lower costs for American families.
The month’s figures
June 2022 loaded imports reached 444,680 TEU compared to the previous year, a decrease of 5% but 12% higher than the previous five-year June average.
Loaded exports came in at 93,890 TEU, a 2.3% decrease compared to the same period last year. American exports out of the Port of Los Angeles have declined 39 of the past 44 months.
Empty containers reached 338,041 TEU an increase of 8.1% compared to last year.
Current and historical cargo data, including fiscal year-end totals, are available here: https://www.portoflosangeles.org/business/statistics/container-statistics
About the port
The busiest seaport in the Western Hemisphere, the Port of Los Angeles is North America’s leading trade gateway and has ranked as the number one container port in the United States for 22 consecutive years.
In 2021, the Port facilitated $294 billion in trade and handled a total of 10.7 million container units, the busiest calendar year in the Port’s 115-year history.
San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.
A video of General Lyons addressing supply chain challenges at a port briefing is available here: