Container volume at one of the nation’s biggest ports grew by 17 percent in May.

The Port of Long Beach, which is a major portal for commercial trucks picking up cargo to be delivered throughout the western United States, posted some of its highest cargo levels in three years. A total of 583,588 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent container units, were moved in May, which was a 17.2 percent increase from the same month in 2012. Imports also increased 22.2 percent to 305,498 TEUs and exports were up by 13.9 percent to 147,073 TEUs, according to data released by the Port of Long Beach.

The data showed that import volumes were at the highest level since August 2010, and overall and export volumes are the highest since October 2010. For the first five months of 2013, cargo container volume is up 17.2 percent, including 19.3 percent more imports, 12.2 percent more exports and 18.9 percent more empties. These increases are in part due to the larger ships calling at the port more frequently and the addition of service lines starting in the last part of 2012.

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