The Port of Long Beach announced that despite the departure of one of its tenants in late 2010, it continued to post strong trade numbers into 2011 with a 10.8 percent increase in cargo container volume in January compared to the same period a year ago. Overall, the port moved 474,960 20-foot equivalent container units last month compared to 428,805 TEUs in January 2010.
Imports were up 11.3 percent to 242,444 TEUs, and exports were up 12.7 percent to 127,546 TEUs. Empty container moves were up 7.4 percent to 104,970 TEUs; empty containers are mostly bound overseas for refilling. The port says the increase came despite the December departure of California United Terminals, which accounted for about 10 percent of all the port’s volume.