America's PortRelease Date: 2020-10-22
Our Port just had the busiest month and the busiest quarter in its 109-year history, breaking the September record for container traffic as the peak shipping season hits its stride. Even with trade uncertainty and a global recession, the Port continues to grow and to power our local and state economy.
Trade was up 12.5% compared to last September. That’s a testament to the continued reliability and efficiency of our port.
The Port of Long Beach is not just the economic engine of the region—supporting more than 51 thousand jobs locally and more than 575,000 regionally—it is also the greenest Port in the country. We should be proud of that.
These September numbers are a good sign, but trade remains a big challenge in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Thankfully, our Port is working hard to increase volume and remain competitive.
Once the COVID-19 crisis is over and travel is safe again, I look forward to visiting our trading partners to sign more agreements that will benefit our state and nation.
As one of the world’s premier seaports with 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports around the world, the Port handles $170 million in trade annually. The Port’s strength is going to be a key factor in driving our recovery locally, and we will ensure it remains a leader in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable trade.
Mayor Robert Garcia