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Biggest US Ports Rank as World’s Least Efficient for Containers

  • Los Angeles, Long Beach are last in gauge of 370 maritime hubs
  • Asian ports perform well; Chinese operations dominate top 10
The Port of Long Beach.

The Port of Long Beach.

Photographer: Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg

The supply-chain crisis that has clogged the US logistics network has made the country’s two largest ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach the least efficient trade hubs for handling containers worldwide, a new report showed.

Responsible for about 42% of all US containerized trade with East Asia, the southern Californian twin hubs ranked in the final two positions of the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence’s 370-member Container Port Performance Index for 2021, the companies said in a report released Wednesday. A majority of the busiest US sea gateways -- including Georgia’s Savannah, New York and New Jersey and California’s Oakland -- ranked in the bottom half of the list.