Port of Long Beach Has Its Busiest Ever February

Port of Long Beach
Port of Long Beach
February 2022 was the busiest February for container movement in the Port of Long Beach’s 110-year history. Photo: POLB.

The Port of Long Beach recorded the busiest February in its history last month, handling 796,560 TEUs, according to new data released by the port.

Long Beach moved 3.2% more cargo last month than it did in February 2021, with imports rising by 4.4% to 390,335 TEUs; exports dropping 1.2% to 117,935 TEUs; and the number of empty containers moved growing 3.5% to 288,290 TEUs year over year.

Port officials are crediting the numbers to the port’s ongoing progress of quickly moving aging cargo away from terminals.

“We are moving record amounts of cargo and catching up with the ongoing surge of imports,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “Meanwhile, we are proceeding with measures we will need in the long term, such as development of our Supply Chain Information Highway data solution, which provides greater cargo visibility, connectivity and predictability.”

February is usually a slow month for ports because factories in Asia close to observe the Lunar New Year, which gives Long Beach and some other West Coast ports time to clear container backlogs.

By Karen Robes Meeks