Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach were down 7.7% in July, 2016 compared to the same month in 2015, when harbour terminals handled a record amount of cargo.
Dockworkers moved more than 637,000 TEU in July, 2016. Imports totalled more than 325,000 containers, a 5.9% year-over-year decrease.
Exports numbered more than 142,000 TEU, which is a slight drop of 0.7%. Empties decreased to more than 168,000, 15.9% lower than July, 2015, the port’s strongest July on record.
Due to continued market uncertainty and high inventory levels, the traditional holiday peak season is off to a slow start and several national forecasts have been revised downward to reflect this softness in cargo movement.
Coming off a record year in 2015 – the third-highest in the port’s history – volumes at the Port of Long Beach are down 1.9% through July.
With an ongoing $4 billion program to modernize its facilities this decade, the Port of Long Beach is building the Port of the Future by investing in capital and service improvements that will bring long-term, environmentally sustainable growth.