The Port of Long Beach has announced that surging cargo volumes in July set a record for the best month in their 106-year history, surpassing the previous high mark set in August 2015.
With total volume of 720,312 TEUs in July, cargo traffic has increased for five consecutive months in Long Beach, and in six of the first seven months of 2017. Volume is up 6.4 percent for the calendar year compared to 2016. Imports jumped 16.3 percent to 378,820 TEUs — also setting an all-time record for the Port — as retailers anticipate consumer demand for goods in the coming months.
“Given the unprecedented change in the industry, we are pleased to see shippers choosing Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “We thank our industry partners for having confidence in this Port, and we pledge to continue to provide the best service and the best facilities.”
“These numbers are great for Long Beach and good news for the economy,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “They are also indicators of the kind of service we provide to our customers as they seek the best and most efficient pathways to get their goods to U.S. markets.”