The Port of Long Beach reported its September container volume was 587,114 TEUs, up 14.7 percent compared with the same month last year.
Monthly imports increased 16.2 percent to 307,981 TEUs, and exports improved 17.2 percent to 134,676 TEUs. Total loaded containers for Long Beach in September increased 16.5 percent versus September 2012, reaching 442,657 TEUs. The volume of empty containers rose 9.4 percent to 144,457 TEUs.
September was the second busiest month of the year so far, behind August, as part of the peak season in preparation of end-of-the-year holidays, the port said.
For the first nine months of 2013, cargo container volume at Long Beach improved 13.7 percent year-over-year, including 16.2 percent more imports, 11.5 percent more exports and 10.8 percent more empties.
Combining Long Beach’s results with the Port of Los Angeles’s September results, the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex’s total container volume in September was 1.30 million TEUs, rising 3.3 percent from 1.26 million TEUs in September 2012. Loaded containers moving through the nation’s largest port complex increased 2.8 over the level seen in September 2012, with imports rising 4.4 percent year-over-year and exports slipping 0.8 percent.