Record container traffic in FY18 for Port of Long Beach

Written by Railway Age Staff
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Japan's Ocean Network Express (ONE) calls the Port of Long Beach.

The Port of Long Beach, the largest U.S. intermodal import gateway, set an all-time record for container volume in fiscal 2018.

Volume was 8,000,929 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during the previous 12 months, up 10.7% over the Oct. 1-Sept. 30 fiscal year in 2017.

The port is served by BNSF and Union Pacific.

“We are poised to break our calendar year record at the end of December,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Despite the tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing, international trade is showing resilience, and at our port we are providing a conduit for commerce that’s efficient for our customers and getting their cargo to destinations faster, saving them money.”

The port moved 701,204 TEUs in September, the second-busiest September in its 107-year history, but total volume was off 0.1% from the year-ago month. Imports declined 2.5% to 357,301 TEUs on-year, and exports slid 3% to 121,561 TEUs. Empties increased 5.9%, to 222,343 TEUs.

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