The Port of Long Beach has achieved its most productive April yet – handling 820,718 TEU, a 10 per cent increase over the previous record set in April 2021.
Last month, imports rose 9.2 per cent to 400,803 TEU, which exports were down 1.8 per cent to 121,876 TEU. Empty containers moved through the port increased 16.9 per cent to 298,039 TEU.
“Cargo continues to move at a record-setting pace and may not slow down anytime soon,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.
“We are preparing for a likely summertime surge as China recovers from an extended shutdown due to COVID-19. Shippers are quickly moving imports and empties from the docks; terminals are staying open longer and we are working to finalize our new Supply Chain Information Highway data tracking solution.”
Steven Neal, President of the Long Beach Harbor Commission, added: “We are working closely with our industry stakeholders to quickly move the cargo off our docks and make room for the next wave of containers.
“As the supply chain continues to catch up, the Port of Long Beach will continue to serve as a reliable partner in trans-Pacific trade.”
Over the last four months, the Port of Long Beach has moved 3,281,377 TEU. This marks a 5.1 per cent increase from the same period in 2021.
In other recent news, officials from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have once again delayed consideration of the “Container Dwell Fee”, this time until 20 May.
Since the program was announced on 25 October, the twin ports have seen a combined decline of 50 per cent in aging cargo.
The Long Beach and Los Angeles Boards of Harbor Commissioners have both extended the fee program through July 28.