The Port of Long Beach’s cargo volume saw 2.1% growth in November when compared to the same month last year, but the modest rise was enough to mark the busiest November since 2007.
A total of 581,514 teu were moved through the port in November. Imports were recorded at 293,984 teu, down 0.9% from last year. Exports saw a 14.5% decrease to 129,960 teu. Empty containers surged to 157,570 teu, an increase of 30.2%.
Cargo numbers were flat across October and November, with retailers having the majority of their goods shipped in early autumn to be prepared for the busy holiday shopping season.
Last year was the third-busiest year in port history with a total of 6.73m teu. Through November, the port has seen a 1.7% increase in cargo.
With an ongoing US$4bn capital improvement programme to modernise its facilities, the port continues to invest in long-term, environmentally sustainable growth.