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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third busiest in the United States in terms of commercial passenger volume, offering 692 daily flights to 85 domestic cities and 928 weekly nonstop flights to 67 cities in 34 countries on 64 passenger air carriers. In 2013, it served nearly 66.7 million passengers and handled 614,917 aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings).

LAX is the major international cargo airport serving Southern California – the world’s 16th largest economy. It ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, and in 2013 processed more than 1.9 million tons of air cargo valued at more than $91.6 billion.

More than half of the air cargo arrives and departs in the holds of passenger aircraft, allowing airlines serving LAX to offer some of the lowest airfares available to travelers. In addition to air cargo transported in passenger aircraft, another 14 dedicated-cargo airlines operate at LAX.

China remained LAX’s largest trading partner in 2013 with two-way trade valued at nearly $20.9 billion, followed by Japan at nearly $7.6 billion, India at more than $7 billion, and Germany at more than $4.6 billion.

Diverse Cargo
The products exported and imported through LAX are as varied as the number of airlines and nations served. Shippers find the most broadly based selection of airlines of any U.S. airport. Every major international air carrier serving the Asia-Pacific Region calls at Los Angeles, while European, Middle Eastern, and Latin American air carriers also fully serve LAX.

Japan was LAX’s largest export partner with trade in 2013 valued at more than $4.6 billion, followed by China with nearly $4.3 billion; India with more than $3.4 billion, Hong Kong with more than $3.1 billion, and Germany with more than $2.4 billion. Top export commodities through LAX were civilian aircraft, engines, and parts; unmounted diamonds; computer chips; cellular, landline phones and parts; and computers.

China was LAX’s largest import partner with trade in 2013 valued at nearly $16.7 billion, followed by India with nearly $3.6 billion, Japan with nearly $3 billion, Thailand with nearly $2.3 billion, and Germany with nearly $2.2 billion. Top import commodities through LAX were computers; unmounted diamonds; cellular, land-line phones, and parts; computer chips; 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.

Four million square feet are developed for cargo use in the immediate vicinity of the airport. United Airlines has an 180,000-square­foot cargo building; Virgin Atlantic Airways and Asiana Airlines have a cargo building with 122,000-square-feet of space; and Qantas Airways has a 54,000-square-foot air cargo facility.

Mercury Air Cargo opened its first facility in March 1998, and followed in April 2009 with the opening of a 12,700-square-foot refrigeration facility, the largest of its kind among all U.S. West Coast airports. Singapore Airlines opened a new air cargo building in 1999.

Modern facilities – convenient for shippers, forwarders and airlines alike – are available in the 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). A modern U.S. Customs headquarters serves the growing trade.

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. The greater Los Angeles region’s international trade is valued at nearly $414.8 billion with LAX alone responsible for more than $91.6 in exports and imports. Greater Los Angeles accounts for nearly half of the economy of California and 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. The area 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 cargo is supported by the ready availability of vital allied services, especially for Pacific Rim traders:

  • More than 800 freight forwarders and 366 customs-house 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. Two seaports serve Los Angeles and Southern California. Railroads provide transportation to the rest of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
  • Foreign consulates and trade offices representing more than 70 nations, as well as more than 55 bi-national chambers of commerce and associations assist in the high volume of trade.
Year Air Mail Tons Air Freight Tons Total Air Cargo
2000
246,536
2,002,614
2,249,152
2001
178,072
1,778,2672
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

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