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  • Writer's pictureStephen Fodor

Port of Long Beach goes on the record with another No. 1

December 11, 2020

(American Shipper) The Port of Long Beach on Wednesday joined the lengthening list of record setters by announcing it had marked its best November ever.

The Georgia and South Carolina ports authorities earlier this week separately announced they both had celebrated record-setting months.

The Port of Long Beach said in a press release that its best November on record was the result of “the holiday retail rush and a surge in personal protective equipment deliveries amid the latest nationwide wave of COVID-19 cases.

The California port moved 783,523 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in November, a 30.6% leap from the same month last year. The story in Long Beach is all about imports, which were up 30.5% to 382,677 TEUs. Exports were down 5.2% to 117,283 TEUs. But the figure that sticks out is empty containers shipped back to Asia for refilling. They jumped 55% to 283,563 TEUs.

“Online shopping and PPE purchases are on the rise as consumers continue the stay-at-home lifestyle, but the overall economic outlook is uncertain with another wave of COVID-19 spreading across the country,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, in the press release.

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