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Facts at a Glance

A World Leader

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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 more than 2.6 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 7.5 million 20-foot container units (TEUs)
  • Cargo valued at $194 billion
  • 82.3 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:

  • 3,520 acres of land
  • 4,600 acres of water
  • 10 piers
  • 62 berths
  • 68 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), Ningbo (China), Busan (S. Korea), Hong Kong, Guangzhou (China), and Qingdao (China).

Port-related employment

  • 51,000 jobs (about one in five) in Long Beach
  • 576,000 jobs (or one in 20) in the five-county Southern California region
  • 2.6 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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