U.S. ports continue to post record traffic numbers, including the major West Coast entry point for many Central and South American fruits and vegetables.
The Port of Los Angeles had its busiest July ever, according to a news release, with container volumes 16% over the previous year. Almost 797,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) came through the port, the most in any July since it opened 110 years ago, according to a news release.
The port also set a 12-month shipping record for a Western Hemisphere port during the most recent fiscal years.
Port officials expect the calendar year to break records as well, according to the release. Container volumes are 9.5% over 2016 numbers to date, a year that also saw records fall.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union recently extended their contracts with the terminal operators at the port until 2022, according to the release.
“The certainty that comes from this decision builds further long-term confidence in our supply chain as we continue to focus on superior infrastructure, innovative leadership and extraordinary customer service,” Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said in the release.