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October 2020: LAX becomes nation’s leading cargo operation for imported personal protective equipment, outpaces national average overall. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has become the leading destination in the United States for imports of N95 respirators, masks and similar personal protective equipment (PPE), which are included in a trade category that has increased an astonishing 20,433% at LAX this year, according to a new industry analyst report. Data from WorldCity, which tracks import-export intelligence for ports around the United States, shows LAX is significantly outperforming the national average in overall cargo trade in 2020, and that the airport has become the nation’s leading port for the category that includes many types of respirators and masks.
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March 2019: LAX Soars in World Airport Rankings, Moves to Fourth in the World, No. 10 Busiest Cargo Operation Globally Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has regained its position as the fourth busiest commercial airport in the world, while also growing in the global rankings for its cargo operations, according to Airports Council International (ACI) World data. LAX's world ranking for cargo operations also jumped three spaces to become No. 10 for the most cargo tonnage processed. In 2018, LAX processed a total of 2.2 million metric tons, an increase of 2.4 percent over 2017.
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April 2018: LAX Breaks 18-Year-Old Cargo Record, Processing 2.158 Million Metric Tons in 2017 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) processed more than 2.158 million metric tons of cargo in 2017, breaking an 18-year-old record for cargo tonnage processed. The figure, which is inclusive of goods destined for both domestic and international destinations, has also increased LAX’s worldwide and national cargo processing ranking to #13 in the world and #4 in the nation, an increase from #14 and #5, respectively. The increase is an indicator that Los Angeles remains an important economic conduit for the world’s goods, and reaffirms Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) strategic goal of sustaining a strong business."
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Other Cargo News

July 5, 2021: Area Airports See Continued Traffic Recovery for May: The rebound in travelers at local airports continued in May, with passenger counts surpassing half of pre-pandemic levels for the first time. The four airports serving Los Angeles County — Los Angeles International, Ontario International, Hollywood Burbank and Long Beach — saw 4.86 million passengers go through their gates in May, up 31% from April and up nearly six-fold from May of last year…Meanwhile, air cargo continues to boom at the four airports, especially at LAX. More than 334,000 tons of air cargo went through the airports, up nearly 12% from last year and up more than 22% from May 2019. LAX cargo tonnage led the way, jumping nearly 31% in May from two years ago. Howard Fine/Los Angeles Business Journal

May 3, 2021: Airports see surge in passenger, cargo traffic: Passenger traffic at local airports surged in March, hitting the highest level since the pandemic began while air cargo continued to soar with tonnage at or near record highs. The four airports serving Los Angeles County — Los Angeles International, Ontario International, Hollywood Burbank and Long Beach — had 3.1 million passengers go through their gates in March, up 65% from February. But that’s still down 63% from the 8.5 million passengers that went through the four airports in March 2019, a year before the pandemic hit, showing how far there is to go before air travel returns to pre-Covid levels. Howard Fine/Los Angeles Business Journal 

November 2, 2020: Increased Cargo Traffic Lifts Local Airports: As passenger traffic at the four airports serving Los Angeles County continued in September a slow climb back from this spring's pandemic-induced collapse, an unexpected bright spot for the airports has been a cargo boom…At LAX, air cargo figures have been climbing steadily since May, reaching 225,000 tons in September, 21% above September 2019's level. Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal

August 31, 2020: Domestic Traffic Continues to Rebound at LAX: Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport continued to rebound in July from pandemic-induced lows, led by domestic air travel, according to figures released Aug. 26 by airport officials…Cargo continues to be a bright spot for LAX. In July, planes flying into and out of LAX carried 218,000 tons of air cargo, up 13% from July of last year. The July gain brings LAX nearly back to break-even for the year in air cargo tonnage, with 1,322,439 tons recorded for the first seven months of the year, down just 0.2% from the same period in 2019. Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal

July 27, 2020: Fake Rolex Watches, Louboutins, Versace Sunglasses Among $1.8M in Phony Designer Products Seized At LAX: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered the counterfeit products arriving via express air cargo from Hong Kong. U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at LAX seized more than 3,500 counterfeit high-fashion products arriving via express air cargo from Hong Kong were seized at LAX, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Miller Hyatt, NBC Southern California

July 27, 2020: Fake Rolex Watches, Louboutins, Versace Sunglasses Among $1.8M in Phony Designer Products Seized At LAX: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered the counterfeit products arriving via express air cargo from Hong Kong. U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at LAX seized more than 3,500 counterfeit high-fashion products arriving via express air cargo from Hong Kong were seized at LAX, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Miller Hyatt, NBC Southern California

July 24, 2020: United Cargo ships food aid flight to Guam: United Cargo has helped move 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the US Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. The airline worked with food-logistics specialist Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI) to transport the produce from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United’s new cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the Covid-19 crisis. Damian Brett, Air Cargo News

June 16, 2020: Long delays at major US airfreight hubs caused by 'handling problems': Air cargo volumes are considerably down on a year ago, but trucks are having to wait longer at large US airports to collect imported freight. Forwarders also face earlier cut-offs for their exports to make it onto departing flights at large gateways. “We’ve seen this mainly in the big gateways, like Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas,” reported Bob Imbriani, senior vice-president international at Team Worldwide. Ian Putzger, The Loadstar

April 3, 2020: Coronavirus Whallops Cargo At Port Of Los Angeles, LAX, JFK, O’Hare: Port of Los Angeles imports from China fell to their lowest monthly total in 11 years, according to U.S. data released Thursday, data that for the first time begins to reveal the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. The 41.58% decline at the nation’s top-ranked port, while steep, was not as steep as those registered at LAX and JFK in February, when compared to January. The two airports saw their imports from China drop more than 50%. Ken Roberts, Contributor, Forbes



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