Trade has been growing rapidly in 2017, seeing the port handling 669,218 TEUs in October, one of the Port’s strongest all-time results. “October used to be the industry’s busiest month of the year, with retailers preparing for Christmas,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Now, with other popular shopping seasons like back-to-school, Halloween and Black Friday, ocean carriers are spreading shipments across more months to maximize the services we have developed to serve them.”
Inbound containers destined for retailers jumped 14.3 percent to 339,013 TEUs. Export boxes decreased slightly, 0.5 percent, to 126,150 containers. Empty containers sent overseas to be refilled with goods increased 28.9 percent, to 204,055 TEUs.
“By taking a long view of our finances and embarking on a $4 billion modernization — the largest of any U.S. seaport — we’ve positioned the Port of Long Beach to be one of today’s most attractive, dependable gateways,” said Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “With two months left in 2017, we’re on track to have our best year ever.”