Port of Long Beach - Photo courtesy of Port of Long Beach's website

Last month was the busiest March on record for the Port of Long Beach, which also ended last quarter as the most active quarter in the port’s history.

The Port of Los Angles announced Tuesday that last month was also its busiest March, and its third-best month in general. It also ended the month achieving the best first-quarter in its history.

The Port of Long Beach reported that dockworkers and terminal operators processed 863,156 20-foot equivalent units in March, a 2.7% increase from the previous record set in March 2021. Imports increased 4.7% to 427,280 units and exports declined 18.3% to 114,185 units. Empty containers increased 10% to 321,691 units.

“Imports are on the rise as we continue to clear the line of ships waiting to enter our Port and move containers off the docks,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Collaborating with our industry stakeholders has led to notable improvements across the supply chain.”

March is typically one of the slowest months for cargo, the port said, but the port has been extra busy clearing cargo from the docks amid supply chain delays and a backlog of ships waiting to enter the port complex.

“Our dockworkers should be commended for a successful March by going above and beyond to keep goods moving,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal. “Our partnerships with labor and industry continue to make us a leader in trans-Pacific trade.”

The Port of Long Beach ended the first quarter of 2021 with a total of more than 2.46 million units processed, a 3.6% increase from 2021’s first quarter. It also broke the previous record for any quarter, previously held by the fourth quarter of 2020, which had 54,649 less units than last quarter.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are responsible for about 40% of all imports into the United States.

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