The nation's busiest container seaport shrugged off an eight-day strike and a very slow December to post its third-best year for cargo volume, port officials said.
The Port of Los Angeles handled just 588,154 containers in December, down 9.4% from December 2011.
But over the course of 2012, the port handled just under 8.1 million containers. Those containers carried imports, mostly from Asia, as well as U.S. exports headed overseas and empties that were also headed back across the Pacific.
It was only the third time in the port's 105-year history that dockworkers handled more than 8 million containers in a year.
The mark was reached despite an eight-day strike in late November and early December by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit that shut down seven of the port's eight cargo terminals. The strike also closed half of the neighboring Port of Long Beach's six terminals.