Port of Long BeachChinese trade is expected to grow nearly 7% this year. According to Mario O. Moreno, senior economist at Drewry who spoke at the Port of Long Beach annual Pulse of the Port conference this week, despite recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum and fear of a trade war between the US and China, Asia-to-US trade will grow an estimated 6.8% this year. The increase is driven by economic factors, namely the expectation for more robust economic growth.