Port of Long BeachThe Port of Long Beach is having a great year—but it just got better. In June, cargo volumes were the highest in the port’s long history. Trade increased 14.2% year-over-year in June, with both imports and exports up, and increased 4.2% over the previous record-breaking month, July 2017. In total, the port moved 752,188 twenty-foot equivalent units in the month of June. “We’re obviously pleased to be handling record volumes, considering last year was our busiest ever. Since our cargo activity reflects consumer spending, we always expect our growth to be in line with the expansion of the overall economy,” Eric Bradley of the Port of Long Beach tells GlobeSt.com. “Through June, our volumes have exceeded those forecasts, increasing 14.5%, and we just finished our best second quarter ever.”

Many have expected new trade tariffs or even the talk of new trade tariffs to impact cargo volumes, but that has yet to happen. Likely, the impact won’t be seen for months, or even longer. “It will take a protracted period of tariffs for manufacturers of goods to make decisions that will have a noticeable effect on trade activity,” says Bradley. “The more likely short-term impacts will be higher prices for consumers. Big picture, we’ve seen trade disputes before, and in the past, parties have always worked out their differences and continue to participate in the global economy.”

The increased cargo volumes, not only in June but throughout 2018, are an indicator of a healthy economy, or at least a healthy consumer appetite. “Consumers are buying lots of goods, and retailers are responding to that,” adds Bradley. “Importers and exporters seem to be rushing their products to beat higher tariffs, boosting our volumes, but it’s something we can’t really measure here.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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