The Port of Los Angeles – America’s busiest port – is feeling all the strain as the country posts jump in online shopping.
The port reported a rise of 22 per cent in cargo volume in the month of November. More on the same, Gene Seroka, Executive Director, the Port of Los Angeles, said “It is all the change in the US consumer. We are not buying services, we are buying goods.”
The number of shipments through the port has risen significantly from the first half of the year. In fact, as per reports, the cargo volume has shot up by 50 per cent in the second half.
The port, in November, logged 890,000 20-foot-equivalent units of shipments coming through its facilities. Now that’s a 22 per cent jump from what it was in November 2019 – all thanks to holiday shopping.
With increase in online orders, there are long delays to unload ships at ports all across the US and shortage of warehouse spaces.
Gene said that the port is expecting more rise in demand in the months to come.
The port is, reportedly, focusing on digitising operations to ensure shipping schedules and logistics are optimised.