The Port of Long Beach in August reached a six-year high for container throughput, continuing a strong year for the port.
The port’s total volume surged 13.4 percent to 630,292 TEUs for the month, the highest total since October 2007. The figures include a 19.2 percent increase in loaded imports to 327,817 TEUs, while exports rose 20.2 percent to 154,118 TEUs.
The neighboring Port of Los Angeles, meanwhile, saw total volume rise 0.4 percent in August to 709,676 TEUs, aided mainly by an 8 percent increase in empties to 195,508 TEUs. Loaded imports fell 1.4 percent to 355,683 TEUs, while loaded exports fell 3.8 percent to 158,485 TEUs.
Year to date, Los Angeles’ total volume has fallen 5.6 percent to 5.1 million TEUs. Long Beach’s year-to-date volume, on the other hand, has risen 13.6 percent to 4.4 million TEUs. - Eric Johnson