Long Beach, California 2021-04-08 20:32:59 –
The Port of Long Beach terminal operator moved 840,387 20 feet worth of units in March, making it the busiest month in 110 years of history, staff said Thursday.
Record figures for March, usually one of the latest months of the year, show an increase of 62.3% compared to the same month in 2020. This is the largest year-on-year increase in a month. The previous record of 815,885 TEU processed in one month was set in December.
This is the third time in the history of the port that it has processed more than 800,000 TEU in a month.
“Although pandemics are receding, consumers are spending less on their trips this year and are looking to an unprecedented number of online retailers to buy exercise equipment, office furniture and home refurbishments.” Secretary-General Mario Cordero said in the announcement.
Imports increased 74% to 408,172 TEU, but exports decreased by just under 4% to 139,710 TEU compared to March 2020, when some shipping operations were suspended due to the advent of COVID-19. Empty containers passing through the port surged 112.5% to 292,505 TEU.
For the ninth straight month in March, the port set its own cargo movement record.
The port moved 2,376,128 TEUs in the first three months of this year, up 41.2% from the same period last year to a record first quarter and second quarter after last year’s fourth quarter. The previous record was 481,251 TEU set in 2018.
“Demand for e-commerce is growing faster than expected, but we will continue to work with industry stakeholders to keep up with the unprecedented volume of cargo at the gateway.”