Textile lanes, kendor textile lanes open at the West Coast ports
Textile industry leaders say the opening of a new segment of their business will create more jobs and create a better customer experience at the port of Los Angeles, as part of a $1.3 billion expansion that also includes the opening to international freight.
A new section of the Westside Textile Lane in Los Angeles will open to international cargo.
The lanes were built in the 1970s and were designed for the Pacific Ocean and will extend from the West Los Angeles Terminal in Downtown Los Angeles to the West L.A. Harbor and Los Angeles International Airport.
The lanes will connect with the existing West Coast Textile Lanes and the existing California Textile, the nation’s largest textile manufacturer, which is based in Anaheim, California.
Textile lane openings are becoming increasingly popular as more shipping lines and container ships move into the ports.
In the first half of 2019, the number of cargo containers arriving at ports across the United States totaled about 9.7 million tons, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
But a growing number of container ships are now arriving from Asia and other regions, including India, China, Japan, South Korea and South Africa, as well as Europe and the Middle East.
The opening of the new lanes, which will be built on the former West Coast Lanes, will be the first of its kind at the new terminals.
The West Coast textiles will be shipped through a conveyor belt, which can be used to load the heavy goods onto trucks and to move them into the terminals.
The West Coast lane will use the existing terminal and the new conveyor belts.
The terminals, built in 1964 and 1962, are expected to open in 2019, with the first new lane opening later this year.
The terminal expansion, which has been in the works since 2015, includes the construction of a large new cargo building and an additional 3,300 square feet of space for cargo handling.