The Port of Los Angeles ended 2012 on a positive note after handling 8,077,714 TEUs, an increase of 1.7 per cent in overall cargo volumes compared to 2011.
A statement from the port authority said it was the third time the port eclipsed the eight-million-TEU mark in its history.
On the other hand, December volumes were described as being soft, after falling 9.4 per cent to 588,154 TEUs compared to the same month a year earlier. December imports dropped 6.7 per cent to 296,874 TEUs, while exports declined 16.4 per cent to 147,417 TEUs year-on-year.
This was partly attributed to the strike at the port terminals when 600 clerical workers walked out and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union refused to cross their picket lines.
Combined, total loaded imports and exports for December decreased by 10.2 per cent, from 494,886 TEUs in December 2011 to 444,291 TEUs in December 2012.