The Port of Long Beach reported Thursday that the “peak sailing season started with a roar” and culminated in its strongest August on record.
The port processed 807,704 twenty-foot equivalent units in August, an increase of 11.3% from the same month last year. Imports rose 11.7% to 407,426 TEUs, while exports declined 5.3% to 119,485 TEUs, the port said. The number of empty containers moved through the Port of Long Beach increased 19.7% year-on-year to 280,794 TEUs.
“It’s peak season now, but we’ll likely see continued growth in freight until 2022,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “To stay on top of this cargo, ports will have to adapt. We will need to find long-term solutions that will meet consumer demand, increase the efficiency of ports and reduce costs for our consumers.
The port is trying to increase its efficiency through the Truck Alert program it announced this week. Through the program, truck drivers delivering goods to and from the Port of Long Beach can receive text alerts on traffic conditions.
“Truck Alert is designed to reduce traffic congestion by providing truck drivers with the ability to improve schedules and turn times during the unprecedented influx of freight we are experiencing,” Cordero said. “This new program will improve our ability to move cargo quickly, safely and efficiently through the port. “
Users can send the keyword TruckAlert to 79516 to subscribe to notifications of road closures, accidents and other traffic conditions at the port, as well as suggested detours. The service is free, but standard text messaging rates may apply.
The Port of Long Beach has broken monthly cargo records 13 of the past 14 months amid what it has called a “historic surge” that began in July 2020. In the first eight months of 2021, the port has moved 6,346,377 TEUs, an increase of 29.2% compared to the same period in 2020.
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