[Source: Transport Topics] — The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are gearing up to operate 24/7 to clear the massive backlog of 20-foot-equivalent (TEU) containers as they pile up at the two Southern California ports and others on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
Workers at Los Angeles in September processed 898,941 TEUs, making it the busiest September in the port’s 114-year history. That compares with 883,624 a year ago. Seroka said the facility could process a record 10.8 million containers by Dec. 31, compared with 9.2 million a year ago. If that number is reached, it will be up 17% over 2020 and the best calendar year for a Western Hemisphere port.