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Long Beach Port Likely Set Cargo Record In 2018, But Not All Is Rosy As Trade War With China Continues

Release Date: 2019-01-03

By: Ashleigh Ruhl

Early tallies for 2018 show cargo volume continued increasing at the Port of Long Beach, despite worrying signs about the economic effects of the ongoing trade war with China.

In November, the most recent month with available data, the port handled nearly 622,000 cargo containers, a 1.5 percent increase compared to November 2017. That brought the port’s total cargo volume to about 7.4 million – meaning, once the December numbers come out, the port will officially break the previous record set last year; in 2017, the Long Beach port handled more than 7.5 million containers.

“Business has been good in 2018, and we appreciate our customers for choosing the Port of Long Beach,” Tracy Egoscue, Harbor Commission president, said in a statement. “While the new year may bring challenges, we remain hopeful that trade will grow, bringing more jobs and economic opportunity to this region.”

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