The Port of Los Angeles spreads across 7,500 acres land and water along 43 mi of waterfront. The Port of Los Angeles employs over 16,000 people, and is the busiest container port in the United States.The port handled 7.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in calendar year 2011. The Port is the busiest port in the United States by container volume, the 16th busiest container port in the world and the 6th busiest internationally when combined with the neighboring Port of Long Beach.
The port is also the number one freight gateway in the United States when ranked by the value of shipments passing through it. For the second consecutive year, the Port of Los Angeles experienced record-breaking exports as outbound container volumes surged in 2011 and 2010. The top trading partners from the Port of Los Angeles in 2010 were: China ($120.7 billion), Japan ($35.3 billion), Taiwan ($10.7 billion), South Korea ($10.1 billion), Thailand ($7.2 billion)