Overall container cargo movement in August

August was the Port of Los Angeles’ busiest month in four years, while neighboring Port of Long Beach saw a significant dip in its cargo volumes, according to the latest statistics released Monday.

Cargo volume rose 6.7 percent at the Los Angeles port in August compared with the same month a year ago. The port moved 757,702 cargo containers, making it the busiest single month at America’s largest port since August 2010, when it moved 763,837 units.

Imports for August at Los Angeles also soared 7.8 percent to 383,551 units, while exports were up 6.16 percent to 168,248 units. Empties, which are empty containers sent overseas to be replenished with goods, also increased 5.3 percent from a year ago.

“A combination of larger vessels calling at the Port of Los Angeles as well as the beginning of peak shipping season has led to a particularly strong August here in Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles port spokesman Phillip Sanfield.

The port hasn’t seen a month with 757,000 units since August 2010, and before that, its peak year in 2006, Sanfield said.

We’re cautiously optimistic that this bodes well for the remainder of the peak season ahead,” he said.

Meanwhile at the Port of Long Beach, overall container cargo movement in August was down 9.1 percent from a year ago, with 573,083 units. Imports declined 8.2 percent to 300,851 units and exports fell even further at 17.7 percent to 126,856 units. Empties were also down 2 percent to 145,376 units.

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