Records were broken in September when the Port of Long Beach, California, moved more containers than in any other September in its history.
The 701,619 teus handled at the port in September this year, up 28.3 per cent, also resulted in the port’s best quarter ever. In the third quarter, the port handled 2,114,306 teus, up 15.9 per cent over the corresponding period last year.
The Harbour Commission President Lou Anne Bynum said: “We are having the best trade months in the port’s history. Back-to-school merchandise was strong for us, and it looks like retailers are optimistic about the holiday season.”
Imports increased 29.5 per cent in September to 366,298 teus and exports rose 4.1 per cent, to 125,336 teus. Empty containers moving out of Long Beach to be refilled with goods overseas totalled 209,985 teus, up 46.4 per cent.
In October, the port’s executive director Mario Cordero forecast: “We’re expecting to have great numbers right through to the end of the year and 2007 could be our highest annual container volume in history.”
Volumes have been strong throughout the summer with July being the port’s busiest month ever, and September was the third-busiest ever.