The outbreak of Covid-19 had already upended the global supply chain, according to Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. Speaking on Monday February 24th the head of the largest US container port said that it could drag the total container volume in Q1 down 15% year on year..
“That’s a pretty tough start to the year, and we think that is mostly attributable to the coronavirus,” Seroka told Bloomberg.
From February 11th to April 1st there have been about 80 cancelled sailings of container ships to the US, half of which were scheduled to come through Los Angeles, Seroka said.
Meanwhile, Seattle/Tacoma port has reported a 20% drop year on year in January, to 102,878 teu. The other double digit fall was Houston, down 10.2%. Los Angeles container traffic fell in January by 3.5% year on year, to 414,731 teu.