Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Long Beach Container Volumes Up Again

Cargo volume climbed 14.7 percent at the Port of Long Beach in September compared to the same month in 2012, fueled by double-digit gains in both imports and exports of containerized goods.

A total of 587,114 TEUs moved through Long Beach last month. Imports increased 16.2 percent to 307,981 TEUs. Exports rose by 17.2 percent to 134,676 TEUs.

Empty TEUs, which were being sent overseas to be refilled with goods, were up 9.4 percent year-over-year, to 144,457 units.

For the first nine months of 2013, cargo container volume was up 13.7 percent, including 16.2 percent more imports, 11.5 percent more exports and 10.8 percent more empties.

For the year’s third quarter – July through September – imports are up 16.1 percent compared to third quarter 2012. For the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles combined, imports were up 5.7 percent for the third quarter.

For the Port of Long Beach alone, September was the second busiest month of 2013 thus far, after August. This is mostly attributed to the shipping peak season -- August through October – as retailers prepare for a rise in buying as the end-of-the-year holidays approach.

More details on Long Beach cargo numbers can be found at www.polb.com/stats.