LONG BEACH container volumes reached record highs in June, surging past those of June 2017, the port's previous best month ever, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
Trade increased 14.2 per cent in June, compared to the same month in 2017. The port's terminals moved 752,188 TEU, 4.4 per cent higher than the "best month ever".
Through June, the port has handled nearly four million TEU, a 14.5 per cent year-on-year increase. June also topped the port's best second quarter with 2.1 million TEU, a 10 per cent increase year on year.
"We are on track to beat our historic pace from 2017," said Long Beach port executive director Mario Cordero.
"The domestic and global economies are good, which is why we're seeing all this activity. Certainly the escalating trade tensions have everyone in the industry concerned, but we're going to continue to provide excellent customer service and fulfill our mission of facilitating commerce,"
Imports in June were up 14.5 per cent to 384,095 TEU. Exports numbered 135,168 TEU, growing 14.3 per cent. Empties totaled 232,926 TEU, a 13.6 per cent increase.