Cargo volumes rise 12.5% to 519,464 TEU
Imports, exports both up by double digits
The Port of Long Beach saw cargo volumes rise yet again in the month of April.
A total of 519,464 TEU were moved during the fourth month of the year, up 12.5 percent compared to the corresponding period a year earlier.
The US port achieved double digit growth in both its export and import trade, moving 137,864 TEU (+14.5 percent) and 264,337 TEU (+13.5 percent) respectively. Empty containers were also up 8.1 percent to 117,263 TEU.
Volumes in the first four months of the year were also up by 17.2 percent, which included 18.5 percent more imports, an 11.8 percent increase in exports and 21.5 percent more empties.
The port attributed its surge in container throughput to an influx of larger ocean going vessels and the addition of service lines to Long Beach. Towards the end of 2012, Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) and CMA CGM, two of the world’s largest shipping lines, established exclusive hubs at the Port of Long Beach.