The increase in cargo during last several months of 2020 at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has continued into the new year. The spike in imports has caused massive congestion and some ships have been re-directed to smaller ports.
The Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said thast cargo numbers were up by 3.6% in January compared to the same month a year ago, just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
The Port of Long Beach, meanwhile, had almost a nearly 22% jump — marking its busiest January on record.
The current surge which is driven by imports, followed cargo plummeting in the first half of 2020 because of the pandemic.