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Facts at a Glance

A World Leader

View of Port at sunset

Founded in 1911, the 3,200-acre Port of Long Beach is a premier gateway for trade between the United States and Asia

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world's busiest seaports, a leading gateway for trade between the United States and Asia. It supports over a million jobs nationally and generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year. Here’s how the numbers break down.

Each year, the Port handles:

  • More than 6.7 million 20-foot container units (TEUs)
  • Cargo valued at $180 billion
  • 63.1 million metric tons of cargo
  • 2,000 vessel calls

The Port's loaded containers account for:

  • 1/3 moving through all California ports
  • 1/4 moving through all West Coast ports
  • nearly 1 in 5 moving through all U.S. ports

The Port comprises:

  • 3,000 acres of land
  • 4,600 acres of water
  • 10 piers
  • 80 berths
  • 66 post-Panamax gantry cranes
  • Shipping terminals (22)
    • 5 break bulk (automobiles, lumber, steel, iron ore)
    • 6 bulk (petroleum coke, salt, gypsum, cement)
    • 6 container
    • 5 liquid bulk (petroleum)

International ranking

  • Long Beach is the second busiest port in the United States
  • Long Beach is the 21st busiest container cargo port in the world
  • If combined, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles would be the world's ninth-busiest port complex by container volume, after Shanghai, Singapore, Shenzhen (China), Hong Kong, Busan (S. Korea), Ningbo (China), Qingdao (China) and Guangzhou (China).

Port-related employment

  • 30,000 jobs (about one in eight) in Long Beach
  • 316,000 jobs (or one in 22) in the five-county Southern California region
  • 1.4 million jobs throughout the U.S. are related to Long Beach-generated trade

Regional economic impacts

  • More than $5 billion a year in U.S. Customs revenues from the Long Beach/Los Angeles ports
  • About $4.9 billion a year in local, state and general federal taxes from Port-related trade
  • More than $47 billion in direct and indirect business sales yearly
  • Nearly $14.5 billion in annual trade-related wages

Trading partners

  • East Asian trade accounts for more than 90% of the shipments through the Port
  • Top trading partners by tonnage are; China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Iraq, Australia, Ecuador and Indonesia.

Top Imports

  • Crude oil
  • Electronics
  • Plastics
  • Furniture
  • Clothing

Top Exports

  • Petroleum coke
  • Petroleum bulk
  • Chemicals
  • Waste paper
  • Foods

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