The Port of Long Beach reported an 11.1% fall in container volumes for the month of June compared to the same period 2019.
Economic uncertainty brought by decreased consumer spending and ongoing health concerns amid the COVID-19 epidemic contributed to a drop during the first half of 2020, with cargo shipments at 3,433,035 TEUs, 6.9% less than the same period last year.
“Cancelled sailings continued to rise at a rapid rate in the second quarter as ocean carriers adjusted their voyages to a decline in demand for imports during the national COVID-19 outbreak,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “The economic challenges may persist for some time, but the Port of Long Beach continues to invest in infrastructure projects that will meet the needs of our customers.”
“Our overall cargo numbers may be down, but records continue to be broken thanks to the hard work and collaboration of terminal operators and dockworkers,” added Long Beach Harbor Commission president Bonnie Lowenthal. “The economic recovery is going to take some time, but we are optimistic for the future of the Port and our partnerships with labor and the entire goods movement industry.”