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Port of Long Beach Cargo volumes climb in April

Efforts to recapture market share lead to eighth consecutive month of growth

Trade moving through the Port of Long Beach gained momentum in April, marking the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year cargo growth at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 750,424 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, up 14.4% from April 2023. Imports rose 16.3% to 364,665 TEUs and exports declined 19.9% to 98,266 TEUs. Empty containers moving through the Port increased 30.7% to 287,493 TEUs.

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Mario Cordero

“Imports are steadily climbing as we continue to work with industry partners to rebuild our market share,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero. “We are strengthening our competitiveness with our brand of operational excellence, customer service and ongoing infrastructure investments that will keep cargo moving efficiently well into the future.”

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Bobby Olvera Jr.

“Our highly skilled workforce and terminal operators continue to raise the bar on growing cargo volumes safely and sustainably,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bobby Olvera Jr. “Our collaboration with labor and industry makes us the Port of Choice.”