Despite the San Pedro Bay congestion along with transportation and warehouse capacity crunches, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are moving cargo — a record amount of cargo. The Port of LA had its busiest September ever, while Long Beach had its second-busiest.

The Port of LA handled 903,865 twenty-foot equivalent units in September 2021. That is up 2.3% compared to the previous September record set last year of 883,625 TEUs.   Through the end of September, 2021 volume at the Port of LA totalled 8,176,917 TEUs, a 26% increase from the same period last year!

“Despite the global supply chain challenges, the Port of Los Angeles and its partners continue to deliver record amounts of cargo,” said Executive Director Gene Seroka in a statement Wednesday. “This is made possible by the extraordinary effort of our longshore workers, truck drivers, terminal operators and so many others on the waterfront and in our region’s warehouses.”

All cogs in the supply chain have come under intense scrutiny during the port congestion crisis that spurred President Joe Biden to call for 24/7 operations at the ports of LA and Long Beach. Seroka singled out the railroads for stepping up in the time of need.

Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, said it had already expanded operations at one of its terminals to overnight shifts in September but welcomed the White House’s involvement in the congestion crisis.
“Before this unprecedented cargo surge began, we believed 24/7 operations were the future,” Cordero said. “After all, consumers can shop online at any time, whether it’s at 4 p.m. or 4 a.m., and 24/7 is already the standard at our partner ports in Asia. The supply chain truly never stops now, and we’re thankful to the Biden administration for using its influence to ensure cargo is always moving.”

Horizon International is continuing to work closely with both ports along with the rail network and is continually providing customers with alternatives where possible to avoid west coast delays.

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