A year of records continues at the Port of Long
Beach, where this October was the busiest in history, as
container volumes surged 15 percent compared to the same month a
Trade has been growing so rapidly in 2017 that the record-setting
October - at 669,218 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs), one of
the Port's strongest all-time results - was only the
fourth-busiest month of the year behind July, September and
"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.
Through the first 10 months of the year, 6,234,930 TEUs have been
moved through the Port, a 9.5 percent increase over the same
period in 2016.
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world's premier seaports, a
gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods
movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines
connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180
billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of
Southern California jobs.