After a hiatus in June, a familiar trend reemerged at the local ports last month: growth in cargo traffic at the Los Angeles harbor, but shrinkage in neighboring Long Beach.
Figures released Wednesday show the Port of Los Angeles saw a 5.5 percent increase in cargo containers over July of last year, driven by increased imports and a big jump in the number of empty containers headed back to Asia.
But the Port of Long Beach, which reported a slight uptick in traffic in June, saw its cargo traffic fall 8.8 percent last month, with big drops in both imports and empty container moves.
Through July, cargo moving through Los Angeles was up 5.5 percent this year. It’s down 6.3 percent in Long Beach.