Long Beach volumes at highest levels for nearly three years

  • US port moves 583,588 TEU, up 17.2%

The Port of Long Beach saw container traffic jump by more than 17 percent in May to record some of its highest volumes in nearly three years.

A total of 583,588 TEU were moved in May, up 17.2 percent over the same period last year.

Imports at the US port grew 22.2 percent to 305,498 TEU, and exports were up 13.9 percent to 147,073 TEU. Empty containers were also up 10.2 percent to 131,017 TEU.

Long Beach’s import volumes are the highest since August 2010, while overall and export volumes are the highest since October 2010.

For the first five months of 2013, cargo container volume is up 17.2 percent, including 19.3 percent more imports, 12.2 percent more exports and 18.9 percent more empties.

Long Beach attributed its strong handling figures to the increasing number of larger of larger vessels calling the port and the addition of service lines starting in the last part of 2012.

Elsewhere at the Californian port, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has also announced that Al Moro, the port’s chief harbour engineer, has taken up the role of interim executive director following the departure of Chris Lytle to Oakland

To read more about the appointment of Al Moro click here

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