Cargo volume dropped slightly by 4.6% in January at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month in 2019.
The port handled 626,829 teu in January 2020 as imports decreased 4.3% to 309,961 teu while exports dropped to 108,624 teu.
Additionally, empty containers sent overseas declined by 3.7% to 208,244 in the same period.
Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, said: “This new year is starting with a new set of challenges that are impacting importers and exporters, but we remain optimistic and expect to see modest growth in 2020.
“We are collaborating with our industry partners to focus on long-term growth, sustainability and the reliable movement of goods through the Port of Long Beach.”
Long Beach Harbour Commission president Bonnie Lowenthal added: “We are confident that we will grow cargo volume and market share by working together with our industry stakeholders.
“We remain focused on our new bridge opening later this year, a US$1bn investment in rail projects over the next decade and other projects that will deliver cargo quickly and efficiently.”