January LA cargo up 3.6pc to 835,516 TEU, cargo diverted


CARGO is being diverted from the Port of Los Angeles to other west coast ports as a six-month import surge strains capacity at America's busiest gateway, Reuters reports.

January container throughput was up 3.6 per cent to 835,516 TEU year on year with laden imports rising 5.5 per cent while exports fell 19.5 per cent.

Hapag Lloyd and CMA CGM are diverting sailings to Oakland and Pacific northwest ports to ease cargo pileups in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Sixty-two ships are anchored in San Pedro Bay, with an average wait of eight days to get a berth.

"If we stopped all shipments right now, we still have about a month's worth of work from those ships at anchor," said LA port director Gene Seroka.

Inbound cargo at the Port of Los Angeles has been booming since the summer as US businesses rebuild depleted stocks of hot goods in demand as consumers stay home in the Covid crisis.

Source: Schednet

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