The peak shipping season began with a roar, lifting Long Beach Harbor to the busiest August ever.
Dock workers and terminal operators moved 807,704 TEU container freight last month, an increase of 11.3% compared to August 2020. Imports rose by 11.7% to 407,426 TEU and exports fell by 5.3% to 119,485 TEU. The empty containers moved in the port rose by 19.7% to 280,794 TEU.
“It’s high season now, but we will likely see continued cargo growth well into 2022,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of Long Beach Port. “In order to stay at the forefront with this cargo, the ports have to adapt. We have to find long-term solutions that meet consumer demand, increase efficiency in ports and reduce costs for our customers. “
“The hard work and dedication of our waterfront people and industry partners have helped us achieve our best August on record, and we expect this to be the start of a robust busy boating season,” said Steven Neal, President of Long Beach Harbor Commission. “Together, as the leading gateway for transpacific trade, we can meet the changing needs of our customers.”
The Port of Long Beach broke monthly freight records for 13 of the past 14 months, amid a historic surge that began in July 2020.
Freight movement through the port has been boosted by increased inventory exchanges and the start of the main shipping season, which traditionally runs from August to October, as retailers prepare for the upcoming Christmas season.
Although consumer demand fell slightly compared to the previous month, total retail sales in August were around 18% above pre-pandemic levels.
The port moved 6,346,377 TEU in the first eight months of 2021, an increase of 29.2% compared to the same period in 2020.
Source: Long Beach Harbor