Cargo container volume rose 8 percent in June at the Port of Long Beach, compared to the same month last year. With more than 610,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved, last month was the busiest June since 2007, which was the busiest year for container cargo at Long Beach.
Terminals handled a total of 610,516 TEUs in June 2014. This included 316,054 TEUs of imports, which is an 8.8 percent increase. Exports were up 4.7 percent to 140,034 TEUs, and empty containers rose 9.3 percent to 154,428 TEUs. Imports again exceeded exports, and empties are returned overseas to be refilled.
June was the third consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in container volume. Long Beach has seen an increase of 2.5 percent for the first six months of 2014 compared to the same time last year.
Last year, against which 2014 is being compared, was the third-busiest year in port history with a total of 6.73 million TEUs.
With an ongoing $4 billion program to modernize its facilities, the Port of Long Beach said it continues to invest in long-term, environmentally sustainable growth.