LONG BEACH, CA-Goods movement industry experts and executives convened Wednesday in downtown Long Beach and said there is a growing sense of optimism for cargo’s upcoming “peak season,” the time of year when international trade traditionally ramps up from mid-summer into fall. The eighth annual “Pulse of the Ports—Peak Season Forecast” conference hosted by the Port of Long Beach examined the trends and expectations in international trade.

A panel of representatives from across the supply chain told the audience of about 400 people at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach that customers who ship cargo internationally are looking forward to a busier year this year compared to 2011. In addition, panelists said that Southern California ports are well prepared with the facilities, labor force and customer service to accommodate the increase.

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