The second-busiest container port in the United States, Port of Long Beach, has logged its seventh straight month of cargo increases, showing a 24.8 percent jump in container shipments in January of 2016, compared to the same month in 2015.
During the month, the port’s terminals moved a total of 536,188 TEUs, compared to last year’s January figures of 429,490 TEUs.
Imports were up by 30.3 percent to 278,491 TEUs, while exports saw an increase of 8.4 percent to 106,739 container units.
Empty containers, sent back overseas to be refilled with goods, rose by 28.6 percent year over year to 150,958 TEUs.
“We are encouraged by the strong start to the year, which stands in stark contrast to the congestion we faced a year ago,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup.
“We are off to a solid start in 2016 and will continue to make the necessary strategic investments in capital, energy and innovative solutions to ensure that Long Beach remains the port of choice for international trade.”