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July marked the busiest month in the 109-year history of the Port of Long Beach as terminal operators and dockworkers moved 753,081 cargo container units, topping a record set two years ago.

Trade increased 21.1% in July compared to the same month in 2019. The previous single-month record of 752,188 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs), set in June 2018, was surpassed by nearly 900 TEUs.

Surge in cargo

In the words of Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach: ‘Supply chain workers at the Port of Long Beach expertly handled a welcome surge in cargo that was brought on due to pent-up demand by consumers.

It was a good month, a bright spot, in the midst of the devastating effects of the coronavirus on the economy.’

Long Beach Harbor Commission President Frank Colonna added: ‘July’s performance reflects our excellent customer service and mission to move cargo efficiently, even during an unprecedented pandemic and the ongoing trade war with China.

We will continue to work with our partners to ensure the secure and speedy shipment of goods.’

Surge in online spending

Cargo volumes were bolstered in July by a surge in online spending as consumers continued to avoid leaving home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the Port saw a short-term increase in extra vessel visits to compensate for voyages that were cancelled earlier this year.

Imports climbed 20.3% to 376,807 TEUs, while exports grew 24.1% to 138,602 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas increased 20.8% to 237,672 TEUs.

The Port has moved 4,186,115 TEUs during the first seven months of 2020, 2.8% down from the same period in 2019.

For complete cargo numbers readers are invited to visit:

https://polb.com/business/port-statistics/#latest-statistics

 

 

Port offices remain closed, Terminals are open

Although Harbor Department personnel continue to facilitate trade, Port offices including the Administration Building, Joint Security Command and Control Center and Maintenance Facility remain closed to the public until further notice due to Health Department directives.

Stakeholders and the public can reach Port staff online and via phone. Public meetings are being held virtually.

For more information see here: www.polb.com 

Port terminals are open and cargo operations are continuing. The Port and its Business Recovery Task Force are working to ensure the continuation of goods movement, addressing issues as they arise.

Even as Port of Long Beach staff follow physical distancing protocols in order to protect public health, they are carrying out their duties to build and maintain Port infrastructure, market the Port’s services to the industry, ensure sustainable operations and enable business continuity.

Long Beach, is the second-busiest container port in the United States, after the Port of Los Angeles, which it adjoins.

The illustration attached is reproduced from www.polb.com ©

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