Long Beach Port

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported their full-year results this week, and while there weren’t any surprises in how the year went from lows to still-crushing highs, the numbers and comparisons from earlier periods both in this year and year-on-year comparisons are nonetheless staggering. For instance, Long Beach moved a record 8.1 million TEU’slast year. While the ports are certainly pleased with their good fortune in terms of millions of TEUs moving through them, it is tempered with the knowledge that the current congestion, service, and demurrage and detention conditions are untenable and it will take vaccinations, a leveling-off or nominal decline in volumes and intermodal performance improvements to clear these crippling backlogs.

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