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Port of Long Beach had best August in 109 year history

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 11, 2020
The Port of Long Beach had the best August in its 109 year history, marking a strong start to the peak shipping season, although coronavirus continues to create long term economic uncertainty.
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Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 725,610 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of container cargo last month, a 9.3% increase compared to August 2019. Imports jumped 13% to 364,792 TEUs and exports were up 1% to 126,177 TEUs. Empty containers shipped overseas climbed 8.5% to 234,642 TEUs.

Topics: Long Beach

The boost comes at the start of the peak shipping season, which typically runs from August to October as retailers prepare for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

In August, demand for such goods as home improvement items and home exercise equipment contributed to the increase in shipments, along with another short-term increase in extra vessel visits that made up for voyages that were canceled earlier this year.

The Port has moved 4,911,725 TEUs during the first eight months of 2020, 1.2% down from the same period in 2019.