Friday, December 20, 2019

Cargo Still Down at Long Beach

By Karen Robes Meeks

Tariffs continue to affect cargo movement at the Port of Long Beach, which saw its numbers fall nearly 4 percent last month.

Long Beach handled 599,985 TEUs, a 3.5 percent decrease compare to November 2018, with imports dropping 8.3 percent to 293,287 TEUs. Meanwhile, exports rose 6.9 percent to 123,705 TEUs and empty containers dipped 1.7 percent to 182,992 TEUs.

“The effects of these tariffs are being felt by everyone, from American manufacturers and farmers to the consumers who purchase goods moving through our Port complex,” said Port Executive Director Mario Cordero. “As we wait for a resolution to this protracted trade war, the Port will remain competitive by delivering exceptional customer service and moving ahead with capital improvement projects that will allow us to grow well into the future.”

So far, 6.9 million TEUs have moved through the port this year, a pace that makes 2019 the port’s second-busiest year. Its best year was 2018.

“We appreciate our terminal operators, truckers, unionized dockworkers and all the other men and women who keep our Port humming with activity,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “We’re hoping to close the year on a positive note that focuses on our continuing efforts to move cargo efficiently and sustainably.”