Port of Los Angeles increases cargo movement by 19% in March

The Port of Los Angeles handled 743,417 container units in March, a 19% increase over the previous year. It was the eighth consecutive month of growth at the busiest port in the United States.

During this first quarter, local port workers moved 2,380,503 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) through Los Angeles marine terminals, 30% more than in 2023.

It has been one of the best starts to the port’s first quarter, only behind the increase in pandemic imports in 2021 and 2022.

“Moving into April and the second quarter, I expect strong cargo flow to continue here. A strong labor market and continued consumer spending, along with our ability to handle additional volume, will help drive cargo to Los Angeles in the coming months,” said Port of Los Angeles CEO Gene Seroka.


March 2024 loaded imports amounted to 379,542 TEU, 19% more than the previous year. Laden exports amounted to 144,718 TEU, an increase of 47% compared to last year.

It was the Port’s best export month since January 2020 and marked 10 consecutive months of export gains.

The Port of Los Angeles processed 219,158 empty containers, 7% more than in 2023.