Trade war hits Californian port

Continuing tariffs mean cargo volumes are down in November at the Port of Long Beach Photo: pixabay Continuing tariffs mean cargo volumes are down in November at the Port of Long Beach Photo: pixabay
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Cargo volume dropped 3.5% in November at the Port of Long Beach as restrictive tariffs continued to affect the national supply chain.

Dockworkers moved 599,985 teus last month, 3.5% less than the same period last year. Imports slid 8.3% to 293,287 teus, whilst exports were up 6.9% to 123,705 teus. Empty containers headed overseas decreased 1.7% to 182,992 teus.

Dockworkers moved 6,966,771 teus during the first 11 months of 2019, putting the port on track for its second-busiest year and 5.2% down from last year’s record-setting pace.

“The effects of these tariffs are being felt by everyone, from American manufacturers and farmers to the consumers who purchase goods moving through our Port complex,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach.

“As we wait for a resolution to this protracted trade war, the Port will remain competitive by delivering exceptional customer service and moving ahead with capital improvement projects that will allow us to grow well into the future,” he added.

“We appreciate our terminal operators, truckers, unionised dockworkers and all the other men and women who keep our port humming with activity,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission president Bonnie Lowenthal. “We’re hoping to close the year on a positive note that focuses on our continuing efforts to move cargo efficiently and sustainably.”

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