Port Sees January Cargo Jump
Container volumes rise with bigger ships, more services
February 14, 2013
Cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach surged in January with 17.5 percent more containers overall ? including a 19.5 percent jump in imports and an 8.2 percent rise in exports ? compared to the same month one year ago.
Port terminals in January moved 536,263 TEUs (or twenty-foot equivalent container units). There were 273,918 TEUs of imports, the highest volume of import containers for a January since 2007. Exports rose to 126,714 TEUs.
Empties were up 23.1 percent to 135,631 TEUs. With imports exceeding exports, empty containers are sent overseas to be refilled with goods.
The weeks preceding the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, usually see a rise in cargo traffic in the trans-Pacific trade. Retailers stock up on merchandise before factories in China and throughout Asia close down for the holiday. The Lunar New Year began Feb. 10.
The Port of Long Beach is “Big Ship Ready,” and the cargo increases in recent months are in part due to the more frequent use of larger ships and the addition of service lines to Long Beach. Last year, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM, two of the largest ocean carriers in the world, established exclusive hubs at the Port.
The Port is continuing to prepare for sustainable growth by investing $4.5 billion in capital improvement projects this decade.
For the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
For more details on the cargo numbers, visit www.polb.com/stats.
Media Contact: Daniel Yi, Port of Long Beach Media Relations Manager, (562) 283-7707, (562) 619-6201 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org