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Port of Long Beach has best first quarter ever


The Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest container port in the United States, has completed its best-ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million TEUs in January through March 2018. This quick start is 19.4 per cent more than the first quarter of 2017, the port’s busiest year ever.


The previous first quarter record was set in 2007.


March throughput reached 575,258 TEUs, an increase of 13.8 per cent compared to the same month last year.


"Our March cargo jumped despite the shipping slowdown during the Lunar New Year holiday in China," said Port of Long Beach Executive Director, Mr Mario Cordero. "One of the most encouraging signs throughout this surge in cargo last year and this year is the operational efficiency at our marine terminals. We are handling record levels of cargo with no delays."


Dockworkers moved 267,824 import TEUs in March, 7.3 per cent more than a year ago. Exports grew 18.3 per cent to 142,419 TEUs. The large number of imported goods demanded by American consumers meant containerships hauled 165,015 empty TEUs overseas to be refilled, said a release.


Source: Exim News Service - Long Beach (California), April 15


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