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Record year for intermodal containers at nation’s largest ports

Intermodal cargo is booming at the nation’s ports. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported record levels of cargo. Georgia’s Port of Savannah hit its highest annual volume ever, and the Port of New York and New Jersey also shattered its previous annual cargo volume record, set in 2015.

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in its 110-year history, racking up 9.34 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), a 5.5% increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port, according to officials.

In addition, the Port of Long Beach reported its busiest year ever in 2017, moving 7.54 million TEUs, an increase of more than 11%, despite having to deal with replacing a bankrupt shipping tenant.

Last summer, the Port of Los Angeles reported that it achieved record clean air gains while moving more cargo than ever in 2016, according to the Port’s 2016 Inventory of Air Emissions. Since the Port’s baseline inventory in 2005, diesel particulate matter (DPM) emissions have fallen 87%, sulfur oxides (SOx) emissions have plummeted 98%, and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have dropped 57%. During the same period, the port moved more than 8.85 million TEUs.

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