May 15, 2017: Port of Long Beach has seen 16.5 percent rise in container volumes in April compared to the same month last year. The port has seen 5.1 percent increase in cargo volume for the calendar year so far when compared to 2016.
"We continue to be on pace for a strong year," said Lori Ann Guzmán, president, Harbor Commission. "In April, we were pleased to welcome back Hyundai Merchant Marine as well as a new customer, SM Line. As shipping lines around the world settle into new alliance routes, our many business partners can depend on Long Beach to provide a safe harbor for their goods with our signature efficient and sustainable services."
A total of 558,014 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) moved through Long Beach in April. Inbound boxes numbered 288,207, an increase of 16.5 percent. Long Beach handled 116,260 loaded outbound TEUs during the month, up 3.1 percent. Empty containers returning overseas to be filled with goods jumped to 153,547 TEUs, 29.3 percent higher.
With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.