Port of Long Beach moves over 900,000 TEU for record May

Long Beach, United States - March 28, 2018:  Outdoor storage area for numerous cargo containers delivered to the United States through the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, California; the busiest seaport on the west coast of the United States, from an altitude of about 1500 feet during a helicopter photo flight.

The Port of Long Beach has continued its streak of single-month records by moving more than 900,000 TEU in May – the first time in the port’s history.

Some 907,215 TEU were processed in May, breaking the previous record month in March 2021 by more than 65,000 TEU. Trade at the port was up 44.4% from May 2020.

The Port has moved over 4 million TEU during the first five months of 2021 – a 42.3% increase from the same period in 2020.

Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, commented, “We are seeing a demand for more goods as the country continues to open up and people return to work.

“Even as we continue to set records during this unprecedented moment in our industry, this is still a fragile moment for the economy and we remain optimistic about our country’s continued recovery.”

Imports rose by 42.3% to 444,736 TEU compared to May 2020.

May was the 11th consecutive month that the Port of Long Beach has broken cargo movement records for a particular month amid a historic cargo surge that started in July 2020.

E-commerce sales were higher in May compared to levels prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Long Beach Harbour Commission President, Frank Colonna, added, “We are grateful to our waterfront workers and our industry partners for helping us achieve another significant milestone.

“The health and safety of our workforce remains a top priority as we continue to see extraordinary cargo volumes at this vital gateway for trade.”

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