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July 6, 2021 4:15 PM, EDT

L.A. Port Hits Milestone for Processing Containers

Port of Los Angeles The 10 millionth container unit in a 12-month period arrives at the Port of Los Angeles. (CMA CGM)

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The Port of Los Angeles became the first port in the Western Hemisphere to process 10 million container units in a 12-month period, reaching the milestone on June 10.

The 10 millionth container and the ship it was brought on belonged to CMA CGM, a French container transportation and shipping company. CMA CGM cites the consumer buying surge brought on by the corona- virus pandemic along with restocking of retailers and e- commerce warehouses across the country for the dramatic rise in imports.

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“As the Port of Los Angeles’ largest ocean carrier, the CMA CGM Group ships thousands of containers to and from California every day,” Ed Aldridge, the president of CMA CGM and APL North America, said in a statement provided to Transport Topics. “But today’s historic TEU – number 10 million for the port — carries more than just cargo, but hope.”

The Port of Los Angeles remained open every day during the pandemic despite the challenges it brought like widespread economic uncertainties. CMA CGM noted the port moved 9.2 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in 2020. That marks the fourth highest-volume year in its history.

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