Los Angeles port officials logged a 10 percent increase in cargo volumes for the first quarter of this year compared to 2016.
Overall cargo volumes rose 29 percent during March compared to the previous year, with exports up 20 percent from the same period and imports climbing 30 percent.
Officials attribute the jump to a post-Lunar New Year surge of cargo from Asia, and U.S. retailers shipping merchandise ahead of a new alliance of shipping companies and their deployments that began this month.
“We continue to earn the confidence of shippers and are encouraged by the strength of our supply chain partner,” said the port’s executive director, Gene Seroka in a statement. “In the coming months, we will remain laser focused on infrastructure improvements, technology solutions, and a strategic use of resources to ensure that we meet the needs of our marine terminal customers and the carriers they serve.”