Port of Long Beach cargo volume surges by 8 percent
July 12, 2017: The Port of Long Beach had seen 8 percent higher movement of containers in the last month to make it the second-best June ever. Measured by industry-standard, twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), cargo climbed 9.2 percent in June compared to the same period last year, to 658,727 TEUs. During the year’s second quarter — April through June — volumes increased 8.3 percent, to almost 1.9 million TEUs.
“Our customers know we work hard to efficiently deliver their cargo. It's good to see this evidence of their confidence in our Port — we are committed to providing the absolute best service in the country,” said, Mario Cordero, executive director, Port of Long Beach.
“These are good results as we move into the busiest trade months of the year,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán. “The U.S. dollar remains strong and retailers are stocking back-to-school merchandise and other goods American consumers are purchasing.”
Through the first half of 2017, container throughput has grown 5.1 percent compared to 2016. Dockworkers have moved almost 3.5 million TEUs this calendar year.
For June, imports grew 7 percent to 335,328 TEUs. Exports declined 7.7 percent, to 118,304 containers. Empty containers rose 26.8 percent, to 205,095 TEUs.