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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the fifth busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in terms of commercial passenger volume. In 2014, it served nearly 70.7 million passengers and handled 636,706 aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings).

LAX is the major international cargo airport serving Southern California – the world’s16th largest economy, behind South Korea. It ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, and in 2014 processed more than two million tons of air cargo valued at more than $96.3 billion.

More than half of the air cargo arrives and departs in the holds of passenger aircraft. 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 2014 with two-way trade valued at nearly $22.9 billion, followed by Japan at nearly $7.2 billion, India at more than $6.5 billion, Hong Kong at $4.2 billion, and South Korea at $2.5 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.

China was LAX’s largest export partner with trade in 2014 valued at almost $5.1 billion, followed by Japan with nearly $4.4 billion, Hong Kong with $4.2 billion; India with $3.2 billion; and South Korea with $2.5 billion. Top export commodities through LAX were civilian aircraft, engines, and parts; unmounted diamonds; cellular and land-line phones, and parts; computer chips; and computers.

China was also LAX’s largest import partner with trade in 2014 valued at nearly $17.8 billion, followed by India with nearly $3.3 billion, Japan with almost $2.8 billion, Taiwan with $2.3 billion, and Germany with $2.2 billion. Top import commodities through LAX were computers; unmounted diamonds; cellular and 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. 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 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 since has expanded to its current 200,000 square feet. In April 2009, Mercury opened a 12,700-square-foot refrigeration facility within its premises, the largest of its kind among all U.S. West Coast airports. Singapore Airlines opened a 45,000-square-foot air cargo building in 1999.

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 2014, the Los Angeles U.S. Customs District ranked first among the nation’s 46 districts for the 17th time in the past 22 years with two-way international trade valued at a record $418.01 billion. LAX alone was responsible for more than $96.3 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. LA 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 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. 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 70 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
1,778,2672
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
2014
79,850
1,922,384
2,002,134

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