Cargo Growth Continues at the Port of Long Beach in April


  • Trade activity at the Port of Long Beach surged in April, marking the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year cargo growth at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.
  • Dockworkers and terminal operators handled 750,424 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in April. It reflects a notable increase of 14.4% compared to April 2023.

Import and Export Trends

Import volumes showed robust growth, rising by 16.3% to reach 364,665 TEUs, while exports experienced a decline of 19.9%, totaling 98,266 TEUs. 

The movement of empty containers through the Port surged by 30.7%, totaling 287,493 TEUs.

Port Leadership’s Perspective

Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero emphasized the steady climb in imports and highlighted ongoing efforts to rebuild market share through operational excellence and infrastructure investments.

Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bobby Olvera Jr. commended the collaborative efforts between labor and industry, emphasizing the port’s reputation as the Port of Choice.


The Port of Long Beach’s sustained cargo growth underscores its competitive strength and operational efficiency, with a focus on safety and sustainability. So far in 2024, the port has experienced a significant increase in cargo volume, demonstrating its resilience and strategic position in the global trade landscape.

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Source: Port of Long Beach


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