“We anticipated a modest peak season as our cargo numbers continue to stabilize at pre-pandemic levels,” Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero said during a Sept. 13 announcement of August 2023 volumes (POLB Photograph)

Intermodal Briefs: POLB, Port of LA, UIPA (Updated Sept. 15)

Overstocked warehouses and a consumer spending shift contributed to an August “cargo lull” at the Port of Long Beach (POLB), Calif. Also, August was a “solid month” for the Port of Los Angeles, with imports and exports increasing; and the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) is establishing the Central Utah Agri-Park Project Area.

POLB Awarded $2.72MM Security Grant

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) on Aug. 14 announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the Port a $2.72 million grant aimed at enhancing security to “ensure the safe and efficient movement of cargo in the wake of an emergency.”

The Port of Los Angeles moved 833,035 TEUs (in June, calling it the “best performance” since last July and just 5% less than last year’s record. (Photograph Courtesy of Port of Los Angeles)

Intermodal Briefs: Port of LA, ITS Logistics, Port of Long Beach (UPDATED July 14)

The Port of Los Angeles, Calf., reports that June volume is its “strongest in a year.” Also, ITS Logistics forecasts that the labor strike at the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert will not only negatively impact Canada, but also will have a “severely negative impact” on the U.S. supply chain due to reconsigned freight; and the Port of Long Beach reports a slow June as industry volume stalls.

Harbor Commission Adopts POLB’s $634.5MM Annual Budget

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on June 12 approved a $634.5 million budget for the Port of Long Beach (POLB), including a “record-setting” transfer to the City’s Tidelands Operating Fund, which supports projects along Long Beach’s coastline.

Aerial view of the San Pedro Bay Port Complex in California. (Photograph Courtesy of Port of Los Angeles)

Intermodal Briefs: Ports of LA, Long Beach; SC Ports

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California report 2022 as their second-busiest year on record. Also, South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) announces a record 2022 with the most containers ever handled at the Port of Charleston. All provide their outlook for 2023.

Liberty Development Partners—comprising Connor Investment Real Estate and Logistics and Development Resources—has closed on the purchase of CMC Railroad and the 1,158-acre Gulf Inland Logistics Park near Houston. (Photograph Courtesy of Liberty Development Partners)

Intermodal Briefs: Liberty Development Partners, POLB

Liberty Development Partners has acquired Dayton, Tex.-based CMC (Coastal Materials Company) Railroad and Gulf Inland Logistics Park. Also, the Port of Long Beach (POLB), Calif., reported that second-quarter 2022 was its busiest on record, “boosted by increased consumer demand as retailers stock shelves for back-to-school shopping.”

Kenny Rocker, EVP of Marketing and Sales for Union Pacific (right), is featured on the June 15 edition of the Port of Long Beach’s monthly video series with Executive Director Dr. Noel Hacegaba.

Watch: POLB, UP Talk Supply Chain Challenges

Port of Long Beach (POLB) Deputy Executive Director Dr. Noel Hacegaba and Union Pacific Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales Kenny Rocker cover how the port and Class I are addressing supply chain congestion and partnering to help relieve it as well as information sharing and offering customers “optionality” in the June 15 installment of POLB’s “Supply Chain Insight” video series.