In the Port of Los Angeles’ 110-year history, they moved the most cargo they ever had in 2017, racking up 9,343,192 twenty-foot equivalent units, a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record breaking year.
“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 such as the “Port Optimizer” digital information portal. The optimizer accumulates key cargo data online to facilitate better cargo tracking, projections and productivity. Infrastructure upgrades continue to boost the Port’s service to larger ships, as well as to more efficiently facilitate cargo movement throughout its terminals.
“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.”
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