Dec 15, 2021 - Economy & Business

Upcoming Lunar New Year holiday pushing ports to new highs

Data: Port of Los Angeles; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Consumer demand continues to push U.S. ports to new limits.

Why it matters: The Port of Los Angeles is on track to process a record number of containers this year, based on estimates of about 812,000 units handled in November.

What they're saying: "What we're seeing is a push before an early Lunar New Year," Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said Wednesday.

Context: Many factories and companies in Asia shut down for weeks to celebrate the holiday, which starts Feb. 1.

With record demand comes record docking and processing times.

  • About 101 ships are waiting to come into Southern California ports as of Tuesday, per the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

The big picture: "This holiday shopping season is longer than many we can remember in the past, and we'll still see a very strong end to 2021," said Seroka.

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