Port of Long Beach sees cargo volume's busiest month since 2007

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Port of Long Beach has seen a sharp uptick in container volume.

So sharp, in fact, the port says it’s the busiest container cargo month in nearly six years.

In a news release issued Monday, the Port of Long Beach said 630,292 TEUs, or 20-foot-equivalent container units, were shipped through the port in August. The August figures show a 19 percent increase of imports and a 20 percent increase for exports. Empty containers were up 6 percent to 148,357 TEUs.

“August through October each year is traditionally the ‘peak season’ for ocean-borne imports, as retailers prepare for a rise in buying as the end-of-the-year holidays approach,” the news release reads.

The Port of Long Beach said the first eight months of 2013 are showing a cargo container volume increase of 13.6 percent over last year’s figures.

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