THE Port of Long Beach handled a total of 720,310 TEU of containerised cargo, the port's highest ever throughput moved in a single month, exceeding the previous record of 703,652 TEU, achieved in August 2015.


In the first seven months of the year, cargo volume was up 6.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2016 at 4.1 million TEU, according to data from port authorities.


The number of overall container shipments through Long Beach was 13.1 per cent higher in July compared to the same month last year. Imports surged 16.3 per cent to 378,820 TEU, which was also an all-time monthly record.


However, exports were down 11.7 per cent year on year in July to 126,098 TEU.


For the fiscal year to date, Long Beach handled 5.7 million TEU through the first 10 months of FY2017, a 1.4 per cent increase over the prior fiscal year. The port's fiscal runs from October through September.


By comparison, the adjoining Port of Los Angeles, also saw record monthly volumes in July, handling 796,804 TEU last month. In the first seven months of the calendar year, Los Angeles handled 5.3 million TEU, up 9.5 per cent over 2016's numbers.


LA laden imports increased 13 per cent to 417,090 TEU while laden export boxes were up 17 per cent to 154,925 TEU. July empties were 20 per cent up to 796,804 TEU. Previously, the strongest July in Port history was 2006, when 761,326 TEUs moved through the port's terminals.


Through July, total 2017 LA cargo volumes are 5,279,352 TEU, a 9.5 per cent year-on-year increase. Seven months into 2017, LA container volumes are 9.5 per cent ahead of 2016, when the Port of Los Angeles handled a record-breaking 8.8 million TEU.

  • 2017-08-17