Port of Long Beach hit busiest March on record

The Port of Long Beach hit its busiest March and busiest quarter on record as long-lived cargo continues to roll out of marine terminals.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 863,156 twenty-foot equivalent units of containerized cargo last month, up 2.7% from the previous record set in March 2021. Imports rose 4.7% to 427 280 TEU, while exports decreased by 18.3% to 114,185 TEU. Empty containers passing through the port jumped 10% to 321,691 TEUs.

“Imports are up as we continue to clear the line of ships waiting to enter our port and move containers from the docks,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “Collaboration with our industry stakeholders has led to notable improvements throughout the supply chain.”

“Our dockworkers should be congratulated on a successful march in going above and beyond to keep goods flowing,” Long Beach Harbor Commission Chairman Steven Neal said. “Our partnerships with labor and industry continue to make us a leader in trans-Pacific trade.”

Although March is traditionally one of the slowest months in the shipping calendar, the port continues to be busier amid efforts to unload goods from the docks and reduce the number of ships waiting to enter the port complex.

CU Lines AS Columbia inaugural call at ITS Port of Long Beach

CU Lines AS Columbia’s first call at the ITS Port of Long Beach

The port has delayed the start of a “Container Dwell Fee” that would charge shipping carriers for containers that sit too long at the docks. Still, San Pedro Bay ports — Long Beach and Los Angeles combined — have seen a 49% drop in aging cargo at the docks since the program was announced Oct. 25.

The port moved 2,460,659 TEUs in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 3.6% over the same period in 2021. It was also the port’s best quarter overall, beating the previous record set in the fourth quarter of 2020 of 54,649 TEUs.
Source: Port of Long Beach