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PORTS of Los Angeles and Long Beach set cargo movement records for 2017

With still a month to go in 2017, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have already set new records in container movement for the year. 

The Port of Los Angeles handled 924,225 TEU in November, an increase of 5.3 per cent compared to the same month last year. The throughput was the highest monthly cargo number recorded in its 110-year history, port officials said.

"Four vessels calling in Los Angeles each discharged and loaded more than 23,000 TEU in November, all close to October's 24,308 TEU record set last month in Los Angeles," said Gene Seroka, executive director of the port.

Port officials said Los Angeles is on track to be the first western hemisphere port to breach 9 million TEU in a calendar year. For the first 11 months of this year, the port saw container volumes surge 6.3 per cent over the same period last year. In November, imports increased 6.1 per cent to 463,690 TEU, and exports increased 0.3 per cent to 177,913 TEU. Empty containers rose 7.4 per cent.

Neighbouring Port of Long Beach in November recorded a total of 612,659 TEU, an increase of 14.7 per cent, over the same month a year ago. The first 11 months of the year has seen a 10 per cent increase in container movement compared to the same, year-ago period, port officials said.

Port officials said that retailers continuing to stock up for the holiday season helped last month's imports rise 18 per cent to 319,210 TEU while exports rose 4.5 per cent, to 126,364 TEU. Empty containers numbered 167,085 TEU, up 17 per cent, the Los Angeles Business Journal reported.
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