Port of Long Beach Posts Record August for Cargo

The Port of Long Beach saw its busiest August to date when it handled 807,704 TEUs last month, an 11.3% jump from the same time a year ago, according to new numbers released Thursday.

The seaport moved 11.7% more imports last month with 407,426 TEUs, while it processed 5.3% fewer exports with 119,485 TEUs.

The port also saw 19.7% more empty containers being processed in August with 280,794 TEUs.

“It’s peak season now, but we’re likely to see continued cargo growth well into 2022,” said Port Executive Director Mario Cordero. “In order to stay on top of this cargo, ports will need to adapt. We will need to find the long-term solutions that will satisfy consumer demand, increase efficiency at the ports and reduce costs for our customers.”

Long Beach has shattered its own cargo movement records in 13 of the last 14 months, according to the port.

“The hard work and dedication of our waterfront workers and industry partners helped us achieve our best August on record at what we expect will be the start of a robust peak shipping season,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal. “Together, we can meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

By Karen Robes Meeks