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  • OTRI.USA
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  • OTVI.USA
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    14.530
    0.1%
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    2.690
    0.000
    0%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
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    -0.030
    -1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
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    -0.090
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    0.000
    0%
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    -0.010
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  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
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    -0.030
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  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
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  • WAIT.USA
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    -1.000
    -0.8%
  • ITVI.USA
    15,313.730
    14.490
    0.1%
  • OTRI.USA
    25.570
    0.060
    0.2%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,308.860
    14.530
    0.1%
  • TLT.USA
    2.690
    0.000
    0%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.900
    -0.030
    -1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.160
    -0.090
    -2.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.440
    0.000
    0%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.820
    -0.010
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  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
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    -0.030
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  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
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  • WAIT.USA
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American ShipperContainerMaritimeNews

Port of Long Beach has best January on record

764,000 TEUs handled represent nearly 22% jump year-over-year

The Port of Long Beach began 2021 the same way it ended 2020 — by setting records.

The port reported this week it just had its best January on record, moving 764,006 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 21.9% jump from the same month last year. It was the first time the nation’s second-busiest seaport handled more than 700,000 TEUs in the month of January, surpassing the previous record set in January 2018 by a whopping 106,176 TEUs. 

During his State of the Port address on Thursday, Executive Director Mario Cordero announced that 2020 had been Long Beach’s best year, with 8,113,315 TEUs handled. 

The port attributed the strong January to the ongoing rise in American consumers’ online spending. Imports were up 17.5% year-over-year to 364,255 TEUs. Exports were up too, an increase of 7% year-over-year to 116,254 TEUs.

As it has in recent months, the number of empty containers heading back to Asia sticks out in West Coast ports’ reports. Empties were up 34.6% year-over-year in January to 270,221 TEUs — more than double the number of loaded containers for export. 

The Port of Long Beach is not forecasting a slowdown. The port said that although activity typically slows in February during celebrations in Asia for Lunar New Year, “projections show that this month could be busier than usual as unscheduled container ship calls continue to make up for voyages that were canceled at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.”

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Click here for more American Shipper/FreightWaves stories by Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills.

Kim Link-Wills, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.