The Port of Long Beach, which along with the Port of Los Angeles forms the biggest marine trade hub in North America, looks on track to overtake its neighbour and become the single US port with the biggest cargo volume, according to Bloomberg.
Trends based on July’s figures (a record), sneak peeks of August’s (again in record territory) and early numbers for this month, led to the optimistic outlook for the Californian trade gateway.
Bloomberg identified some of the cargo types leading the boom as electronics, car parts and clothes from Asia, all being imported to North America.
The Port of Los Angeles figures are not quite as impressive, hence Long Beach’s predicted “Number One” status.
According to Bloomberg, West Coast ports are close to making up the drop-off in cargo numbers that they experienced during the labour dispute earlier this year. Apart from resolving the labour issues, port bosses also improved efficiencies in port operations.