Port of Long Beach Nets Busiest January for Cargo

Long Beach Container Terminal
Long Beach Container Terminal
The Long Beach Container Terminal. Photo via Port of Long Beach.

The Port of Long Beach saw its busiest January in history last month, moving 800,943 TEUs, according to new data released Thursday by the port.

That’s 4.8% more than January 2021 and the first time Long Beach has ever surpassed 800,000 TEUs in any January. Moving older cargo out of terminals faster helped to drive the record January numbers, according to the port.

Long Beach also saw 6.9% more imports last month, processing 389,334 TEUs, and 5.9% more exports with 123,060 TEUs compared to the same time a year ago. Meanwhile, empty containers rose 1.8% year over year to 288,550 TEUs.

“Terminal capacity is finally opening up thanks to support from our federal and state leadership, collaboration with industry partners, and the hard work of the men and women moving record amounts of cargo off the docks,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “We expect to remain moderately busy into the spring as we make significant progress to clear the docks and process the backlog of vessels waiting offshore.”

By Karen Robes Meeks