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May 15, 2018

Port of Long Beach April cargo rises nearly 11 percent

Four months into 2018, the Port of Long Beach has moved 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units, an amount more than 17 percent above last year's record pace.

In April, dockworkers handled 618,438 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 10.8 percent increase above the same month last year.

Import containers grew 8.4 percent to 312,376 TEUs compared to last April. The number of exports moved through Long Beach jumped 22 percent to 141,799 TEUs, and empty containers sent overseas to be filled with goods totaled 164,264 TEUs, up 7 percent.

"Both imports and exports are beating expectations so far this year," said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. "For us, part of that is the shift of services we saw a year ago, but at least some of our strong growth appears to be a result of trade tensions as anxious shippers rush to get their cargo to overseas markets."

Source: Port of Long Beach