Cargo Volumes Rise Again in April
Imports, exports both up by double digits
May 15, 2013
Overall cargo volumes rose by 12.5 percent in April 2013, continuing a trend of steadily increasing activity at Port of Long Beach docks.
A total of 519,464 TEUs (or twenty-foot equivalent container units) were moved in April. Imports increased 13.5 percent to 264,337 TEUs. Exports increased by 14.5 percent to 137,864 TEUs.
Empty containers were up 8.1 percent to 117,263 TEUs. With imports exceeding exports, empties are sent overseas to be refilled with goods.
For the first four months of 2013, cargo container volume is up 17.2 percent – including 18.5 percent more imports, 11.8 percent more exports and 21.5 percent more empties. These increases are in part due to the larger ships calling at the Port more frequently and the addition of service lines starting in later 2012.
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For more details on the cargo numbers, visit www.polb.com/stats.