Port of Long Beach volume up to 687,427 TEU in May 2018
The Port of Long Beach had the busiest May in its 107-year history, as dockworkers handled 687,427 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containerized cargo, an increase of 6 percent compared to the same month a year ago, the company said in its press release.
Imports increased 7.3 percent last month to 361,056 TEUs. Exports totaled 142,412 TEUs, up 19.9 percent, while empty containers decreased 4.6 percent, to 183,959 TEUs. Through the first five months of the year, the Port has moved 3.2 million TEUs, 14.6 percent above last year’s pace.
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.