Despite the challenges faced when a Trade War is at hand, The Port of Long Beach has accomplished a major milestone in its lifetime. This past September the dockworkers moved 706,956 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September. This number is 0.8% more than in the same month a year ago. In its 108-year history, this was the best September the Port has accomplished in cargo handling. That is a major record. Even though imports were down by 0.7% at 354,919 TEU’s there was still an increase in exports. Export went up by 1.4%, 123,215 TEU’s.
The Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said, “We saw increased ship calls in September.” “We’re ready to provide high-quality service to all vessels, though we continue to advocate for an end to the cycle of tariffs to give American businesses the certainty they need to thrive. I’d like to thank our terminal operators, the ILWU, ocean carriers, beneficial cargo owners and our many supply chain partners who made this record result possible.”
Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal thanked shippers and said, “The Port of Long Beach is going to have one of its busiest years ever, despite the challenges related to the trade war.” “Top-notch customer service is our calling card, and we’ll continue to collaborate with our customers to enhance their ability to move cargo faster and more reliably during these challenging times.”
The Port of Long Beach continues to grow and if you’re interested to read more about the numbers in volume the Port carries, please see the links below.
For the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
More detailed cargo numbers are at www.polb.com/stats.
By Alejandra Salgado