Los Angeles Business Journal

L.A. Port Traffic Hits Record

By James Rufus Koren Originally published December 15, 2011 at 10:45 a.m., updated December 16, 2011 at 3:24 p.m.

Exports through the Port of Los Angeles have hit an all-time yearly high, according to figures released Thursday.

Through November, 1.9 million loaded cargo containers were shipped abroad from the port, up from 1.8 million for all of last year, which had been the port’s best export year. Port officials said they expect 2011’s total exports to surpass 2 million containers.

Exports have been helped this year by the continued weakness of the U.S. dollar.

Including imports, cargo traffic at the port was up in November, with 4 percent more cargo overall than in the same month last year. November was the second straight month of growth at the Los Angeles port after three months of decline.

Those ups and downs mean the port will likely see about the same amount of cargo this year as last year. So far, the port’s volume has increased just 1 percent over last year.