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LAX Air Cargo

 

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the seventh busiest airport in the world and third busiest in the United States in terms of commercial passenger volume. In 2015, it served over 74.9 million passengers and handled 655,564 aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings).

LAX is the major international cargo airport serving Southern California – the world’s 16th largest economy, behind South Korea. It ranks 12th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, and in 2015 processed more than two million tons of air cargo valued at nearly $101.4 billion.

Most of the 2,300 daily flights that fly through LAX carry at least some cargo. In addition to air cargo transported in passenger aircraft, nearly 30 dedicated-cargo airlines operate at LAX.

China remained LAX’s largest trading partner in 2015 with two-way trade valued at nearly $25.5 billion, followed by Japan at more than $7.5 billion, India at more than $6.6 billion, Hong Kong at more than $6.2 billion, and Germany at nearly $4.8 billion.

Diverse Cargo
The products exported and imported through LAX are as varied as the number of airlines and nations served. In fact, shippers find the most broadly based selection of airlines of any U.S. airport at LAX.

Hong Kong was LAX’s largest export partner with trade in 2015 valued at nearly $5.8 billion, followed by China with nearly $5.5 billion, Japan with more than $4.8 billion, India with more than $3.5 billion, and South Korea with more than $2.5 billion. Top export commodities through LAX were civilian aircraft, engines, and parts; unmounted diamonds; cellular and land-line phones, and parts; gold; and computer chips.

China was LAX’s largest import partner with trade in 2015 valued at more than $20 billion, followed by India with more than $3.1 billion, Japan with nearly $2.7 billion, Taiwan with more than $2.6 billion, and Germany with nearly $2.6 billion. Top import commodities through LAX were computers; cellular and land-line phones, and parts; computer chips; unmounted diamonds; and imports of returned exports.

Extensive Airfield Cargo Network
The ever-growing number of air carriers and their worldwide service area has created an extensive air- cargo-handling network at LAX. The airport has more than 2.1 million square feet of space developed for cargo on 194 acres. An additional four million square feet are developed for cargo use in the immediate vicinity of the airport. A modern U.S. Customs headquarters serves the growing trade.

On airport property, United Airlines has an 180,000-square­foot cargo building; Virgin Atlantic Airways and Asiana Airlines share a cargo building with 144,000 square feet of space; Qantas Airways has a 47,000-square-foot air cargo facility; and Singapore Airlines a 65,000-square-foot building.

Mercury Air Cargo opened its first facility in March 1998, and since has expanded to its current 200,000 square feet. In April 2009, Mercury opened a 12,700-square-foot refrigeration facility and perishable center within its premises, the largest of its kind among all U.S. West Coast airports.

Modern facilities – convenient for shippers, forwarders and airlines alike – are available in the 58-acre Imperial Cargo Complex, the site of extensive development by domestic and international carriers. Major tenants include Lufthansa, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Federal Express, China Airlines, Delta, Air Canada, and Cargo Services Center (a provider to several air carriers).

Improvements and enhancements by tenants and Los Angeles World Airports have been continually made at Century Cargo Complex, LAX’s first air-cargo area. American, United, Virgin Atlantic, and Asiana house their freight operations at the Century Boulevard location. Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Southwest Airlines, and US Airways are located there as well.

Southern California – Nation’s Top International Trade Center
Los Angeles International Airport is a key transportation center for one of the world’s most dynamic economies. In 2015, the Los Angeles U.S. Customs District ranked first among the nation’s 46 districts for the 18th time in the past 23 years with two-way international trade valued at a record $393.76 billion. LAX alone was responsible for nearly $101.4 billion in exports and imports. The Southern California region accounts for a majority of the state’s multi-billion dollars in international trade.

Many of the largest industrial companies headquartered in the state are located in the greater Los Angeles area. Los Angeles is a leading high-technology center for the nation in the entertainment, electronics, biomedical, computers, and aerospace industries.

The convenience and efficiency of LAX as a major distribution center for air cargo is supported by the ready availability of vital allied services, especially for Pacific Rim traders:

  • More than 300 freight forwarders and more than 350 customs brokers are located in the Los Angeles area to help expedite air cargo.
  • U.S. banks with international operations have offices in Los Angeles, as do foreign banking institutions.
  • Excellent surface connections are available for secondary shipment of goods. The seaports of Los Angeles and Long Beach serve the Southern California region. Railroads provide transportation to the rest of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
  • Foreign consulates and trade offices representing more than 95 nations, as well as more than 55 bi-national chambers of commerce and associations, assist in the high volume of trade.

 

LAX Air Cargo Tonnage

Year Air Mail Tons Air Freight Tons Total Air Cargo
2000
246,536
2,002,614
2,249,152
2001
178,072
1,778,267
1,956,340
2002
92,422
1,869,932
1,962,354
2003
97,193
1,924,883
2,022,076
2004
92,353
2,109,895
2,202,248
2005
88,731
2,048,817
2,137,188
2006
80,395
2,022,687
2,103,082
2007
66,707
2,010,820
2,077,527
2008
73,505
1,723,038
1,796,543
2009
64,073
1,599,782
1,663,855
2010
74,034
1,852,791
1,926,825
2011
80,442
1,773,215
1,853,658
2012
96,779
1,866,432
1,953,211
2013
77,286
1,848,764
1,926,050
2014
79,850
1,922,384
2,002,134
2015
94,265
2,038,221
2,132,486

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