More ships called at the US port of Long Beach in April, thanks to new business and changes to vessel deployments which helped to push container volumes up 16.5% on the same month last year.

For the calendar year so far, cargo volume at the port is up 5.1% on 2016.

“We continue to be on pace for a strong year,” said Harbor Commission president Lori Ann Guzmán.

“In April, we were pleased to welcome back Hyundai Merchant Marine as well as a new customer, SM Line. As shipping lines around the world settle into new alliance routes, our many business partners can depend on Long Beach to provide a safe harbor for their goods with our signature efficient and sustainable services.”

A total of 558,014 teu moved through Long Beach in April. Inbound boxes numbered 288,207, an increase of 16.5%. Long Beach handled 116,260 loaded outbound teu during the month, up 3.1%. Empty containers returning overseas to be filled with goods jumped to 153,547 teu, 29.35 higher.

The port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for transpacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting it to 217 seaports, the port handles $180bn in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.

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