Port of Long Beach reports busiest February on record – NBC Los Angeles
The Port of Long Beach reported Friday that last month was its busiest February on record, with 3.2% more 20-foot equivalent units moved compared to the same month in 2021.
The port moved a total of 796,560 units, with imports increasing by 4.4% to 390,335 units and exports decreasing by 1.2% to 117,935 units. Empty containers also increased by 3.5% to 288,290 units.
The record February follows a record January and the Port of Long Beach’s best year ever, with 9,384,368 20-foot-equivalent units moved in 2021.
“We are moving record amounts of cargo and catching up with the continued increase in imports,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said.
“In the meantime, we are proceeding with the measures we will need in the long term, such as the development of our Supply Chain Information Highway data solution, which provides greater freight visibility, connectivity and predictability.”
The port warned last month that February is generally a slower month as factories in Asia close for Lunar New Year celebrations. However, officials predicted the port could remain busier than usual amid the historic influx of goods and crews working to clean up the port’s docks and reduce the number of ships waiting to enter.
Officials reported a combined 64% drop in aging cargo at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles since Oct. 25, when the ports announced a “container dwell fee” on waiting cargo ships. This tax has been delayed weekly due to progress in clearing the docks.
“New records continue to be set by our hardworking people,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission Chairman Steven Neal. “We are working with our industry partners to keep the supply chain running as efficiently as possible.”