LA port volume increases 27pc to 876,430 TEU in June
THE Port of Los Angeles container throughput in June increased 27 per cent year on year to 876,430 TEU with laden boxes representing 467,763 TEU of the total.
The port sent 312,600 TEU of empty containers to factories in China and elsewhere. That far outstripped loaded exports of 96,067 TEU.
Inbound cargo has been booming for months as US businesses race to replace inventories depleted by demand from homebound consumers, who bought appliances, home exercise equipment and other goods.
The crush of Covid-driven demand has made it harder for trucks and trains to quickly whisk goods away from the busiest gateway by volume for US trade with China.
Ocean shipping disruptions ranging from a ship stuck in the Suez Canal to the temporary closure of China's busy Yantian Port have exacerbated delays and sent costs soaring.