Port of Los Angeles

Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is the largest container port in the United States, measured by container volume and cargo value. The port's seven container terminals are served by BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. Jointly, with neighboring Port of Long Beach, its facilities comprise the leading gateway for U.S. export/import shipments with China/Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Despite initiatives to deploy advanced new technologies, congestion at the L.A.-Long Beach port complex has long been a challenge for shippers, carriers, and other stakeholders. Featuring the nation’s largest on-dock rail assets, the port offers the highest frequency of intermodal access to 14 major freight hubs across the U.S. Its digital information platform provides maritime supply chain partners superior reliability, predictability and line-of-sight planning capabilities that help assure maximum cargo efficiency and speed. In Los Angeles-Long Beach, private-sector developers of information portals such as GE Transportation and Advent Intermodal Solutions’ eModal, often in cooperation with port authorities, have operations in major gateways.

27 Jan 2020
Despite stiff truck competition, East Coast ports have taken aggressive steps to capture more intermodal cargo and spend significant capital to build out rail infrastructure.
09 Jan 2020
A California judge has sided with Cal Cartage in a lawsuit brought by the State of California, agreeing with a District Court restraining order issued Dec. 31 that AB5 does not apply to trucking because of federal preemption.
02 Jan 2020
Women would be disproportionately affected by legislation in New Jersey and California that reshapes the classification process determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor, opponents say.
31 Dec 2019
The US District Court has issued a last-minute reprieve for the trucking industry looking to block AB5, issuing a temporary restraining order on Dec. 31 to protect the industry until a Jan. 13 hearing.
US West Coast ports competing through infrastructure, technology
30 Dec 2019
Seaports on the US West Coast aim to regain some of the market share they have lost over the past five years to the East and Gulf coasts by building infrastructure and implementing technology needed to move cargo cheaper and faster.
23 Dec 2019
New legislation will take effect in California Jan. 1 that would make it much more difficult for truck drivers to retain independent contractor status, but owner operators are stuck in limbo pending a court decision on a legal challenge to the new rules.
23 Dec 2019
A tendency of port community systems to optimize operations only within the boundaries of that port and resistance due to competitive concerns are slowing digitization and data sharing efforts in container shipping.
10 Dec 2019
The rapidly changing shipping environment and the lengthy list of problems faced by marine terminal operators mean supply chain stakeholders need to get comfortable with sharing information and data, according to the head of APM Terminals in North America.
22 Nov 2019
Growth in US imports from the Caribbean and Central America was unable to offset a decline in exports in the first nine months of 2019.
18 Nov 2019
Using technology to correct documentation errors before trucker appointments are made and the terminals’ use of appointment systems to meter gate traffic reduced turn times in in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to a six-year low in October.
12 Nov 2019
The Port of Los Angeles anticipates a very soft fourth quarter due to US tariffs on Chinese imports, which a new report said threatens 1.5 million US jobs and more than $186 billion in economic activity.
07 Nov 2019
Unless the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports attract more cargo, they could wind up stuck with a hefty bill for the intermodal corridor’s bond debt, a report says.
30 Oct 2019
The “port optimizer” information portal continues to expand, but a lack of trust among BCOs who fear they’ll lose their competitive advantage has prevented accumulation of a critical mass of shipment data in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
09 Oct 2019
A California Court of Appeals has ruled that the “ABC” test can be applied retroactively, a decision that means truck drivers can calculate damages for past misclassification.
24 Sep 2019
Los Angeles’ 2018 inventory of air emissions, like the Long Beach report that preceded it by a week, shows the largest US container port has already met or exceeded to emission-reduction goals that had been set for 2023.
18 Sep 2019
The months-long dispute between APM Terminals and Los Angeles dockworkers at the Pier 400 facility revealed deeply entrenched and diametrically opposed views over automation.
05 Sep 2019
The California state legislature is on track to pass a bill, which the governor intends to sign into law, that could fundamentally alter the relationship between shippers, trucking companies, and port truck drivers. It's expected to be signed before an intermodal conference this month in Long Beach.
15 Aug 2019
Terminal operators say an increase in truck turn times in Los Angeles and Long Beach last month does not signal a return to the congestion experienced during the 2018 peak season.
Top 50 Global Container Ports 2018
09 Aug 2019
Asian gateways continued to dominate the global port market in 2018, handling more than three-quarters of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
30 Jul 2019
The lead investor in a container support facility in Los Angeles criticized the port for what he termed giving in to political and ILWU pressure by declaring a key efficiency initiative known as the Harbor Performance Enhancement Center to be “infeasible.”
24 Jul 2019
A so-called “Cyber Resilience Center” would give Port of Los Angeles stakeholders a centralized forum in which to share information on potential cyber threats.
23 Jul 2019
A VIP program to be rolled out by Fenix Marine and Blume Global in Los Angeles this autumn aims to push actionable shipment data and appointment slots for specific containers to BCOs, NVOs, and truckers to reduce truck visit times as well as cut down on multiple handling of containers.
17 Jul 2019
The traffic mitigation fee that is used to offset the costs of operating night and weekend gates at Los Angeles-Long beach has been a sore point for BCOs, who want greater transparency on the collection of fees and how the revenue i dispersed.
12 Jul 2019
Terminal operators worry that when peak season volumes begin to build in August, container dwell times at on-dock rail yards will surge, and then rapidly spin out of control as they did last year.
10 Jul 2019
As the International Longshore and Warehouse Union turns to political means in a bid to undo previously agreed contract terms on automation, interested parties are looking ahead to 2022 when the current contract comes up for renewal.
08 Jul 2019
Groups representing truckers, BCOs, and railroads announce support for APM’s automation project at the Port of Los Angeles as the harbor commission prepares for a crucial vote on Thursday.
US ports running smoothly ahead of expected ‘normal’ peak
05 Jul 2019
North America’s major gateways are operating efficiently as the eastbound trans-Pacific prepares for what is projected to be a “normal” peak season in August through October.
Bill would allow California agency to block port automation
03 Jul 2019
A California bill that would allow a state agency to block port automation comes as the ILWU is challenging plans by APM Terminals to automate a 100-acre portion of the Port of Los Angeles’ Pier 400 facility for refrigerated containers.
01 Jul 2019
Truckers in California have three options to achieve state and local clean air goals — clean diesel, natural gas, and electric — in the short term.
28 Jun 2019
The Los Angeles City Council has rejected the harbor commission’s approval of a construction permit for APM Terminals’ Pier 400, further delaying the project.
27 Jun 2019
An APM letter to a Los Angeles city councilman says the construction permit sought for Pier 400 is needed only to install electrical charging stations. If the ILWU succeeds in blocking the permit, APM will still automate the 100-acre parcel, but will recharge the auto-strads with diesel generators.
25 Jun 2019
The ILWU has asked the Los Angeles City Council to veto the harbor commission’s approval of APM’s construction permit, but since automation at North American ports is inevitable, the long-term goal of the union in this latest move is to ensure training for its members for the jobs of the future.
20 Jun 2019
Amid intense scrutiny from longshore unions throughout North America, the LA harbor commission on Thursday approved a construction permit at APM Terminals Pier 400 that will open the door to a scalable type of automation that could be incorporated into smaller terminal operations in other ports.
13 Jun 2019
The US Department of Transportation is accepting grant applications for $292.7 million in funding dedicated to port infrastructure development.
US shippers increase routings via Canada West Coast ports
12 Jun 2019
The British Columbia ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are increasing their market share of US cargo because Canadian railroads are pricing intermodal more aggressively to the US Midwest than are US western railroads.
05 Jun 2019
The tentative contract agreement between ILWU Canada and BCMEA could open the door for future automation of terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.