Long Beach Hails Record-Breaking 2018


The Port of Long Beach has set an all-time cargo-handling record for the second year in a row, after exceeding a throughput volume of 8 million TEU for the first time in its history.  

According to Executive Director Mario Cordero, who discussed Long Beach’s achievements at the annual State of the Port address on January 23, 2019, container moves increased by more than 7% in 2018 compared to the previous year.

As well as finishing 2018 with an overall TEU volume of 8,091,023, Long Beach also saw a 6.1% rise in imports, and a 3.6% increase in exports.



In his speech, Cordero stated that the port’s operational excellence, US$4 billion infrastructure programme, and zero-emissions projects will ensure that Long Beach and its local area thrives into the future.

Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach, discusses supply chain efficiencies in a recent Port Technology technical paper

One of the key initiatives that will begin in 2019 is a $1 billion rail improvement to help boost Long Beach’s on-dock rail cargo to 35%.



Commenting on this project, Cordero said: “Rail allows us to move goods to and from all the major U.S. markets much faster than cargo routed through Gulf and East Coast ports.

“This is true for imports and exports. And for the American exporter, my message to you is this: our rail will move your cargo faster and more efficiently.”

Cordero was introduced to a crowd of over 700 people by Long Beach Harbor Commission President Tracy Egoscue, who also thanked vessel and terminal operators, cargo owners, longshore workers, and truckers for making 2018 a successful year for Long Beach.



Underlining the importance of the year ahead, Egoscue said: “We are moving into our new Civic Center headquarters.”

“We will be putting the finishing touches on the replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge. The new Long Beach Container Terminal is entering its final phase of construction. And we’re leaping ahead with the greening of the Port.”

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