"Simply put, we are having the best trade months in port
history," said Lou Anne Bynum, Harbor Commission President at the
Port of Long Beach, where cargo volume records continue to be
broken. The port moved more containers last month than any
September in its history.
"Back-to-school merchandise was strong for us, and it looks like
retailers are optimistic about the holiday season," Bynum said.
The 701,619 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) processed in Long
Beach for September - up 28.3 percent -resulted in the port's
best quarter ever. In the third quarter (July, August and
September), the Port of Long Beach handled 2,114,306 TEUs, as
volumes swelled 15.9 percent over the same period last year.
Imports increased 29.5 percent in September to 366,298 TEUs.
Exports rose 4.1 percent, to 125,336 containers. Empty containers
moving out of Long Beach to be refilled with goods overseas
totaled 209,985 TEUs, up 46.4 percent. The huge jump in cargo
last month relative to a year ago is only partly due to the
Hanjin bankruptcy that hit West Coast ports in September 2016.
"Our continuing recovery is due to our best-in-the-industry
customer service, and the best terminals and infrastructure in
the nation for shippers who need to rapidly transport cargo,"
said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. "We're
expecting to have great numbers right through the end of the year
and challenge 2007 for our highest annual container volume in
Volumes have been strong throughout the summer with 9 percent
gains in June, 13 percent increases in July and an 8 percent
improvement in August. July was the Port's busiest month ever,
and now September is the third-busiest ever. For the calendar
year, container volumes have surged 8.9 percent.