by Jodi Summers

The SoCal Industrial Real Estate Blog enjoys watching the Port of Long Beach evolve.

Each year, when the Port offers free harbor tours from May to Nov. 1, we try to snag a reservation and enjoy the evolution.

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

4,000 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:

3,200 acres of land

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 18th busiest container cargo port in the world

If combined, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles would be the world’s eighth-busiest port complex by container volume, after Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shenzhen (China), Busan (S. Korea), Ningbo (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






Top Exports

Petroleum coke

Petroleum bulk


Waste paper


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  1. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved an $858 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the upcoming fiscal year, with two-thirds of the spending set aside for a robust building and modernization program.

    For the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, 2014, the Harbor Department plans to spend $579 million on capital projects ― part of a decade-long, $4 billion investment in Port upgrades and efficiency improvements. The ongoing Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment will continue to be the Port’s largest construction projects.

  2. $1 Million Settlement With the City of Glendale for Alleged UST Violations

    The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has reached a $1 million settlement with the city of Glendale for alleged violations of regulations concerning storage of hazardous substances in underground storage tanks (UST) at 11 facilities owned by the city.

    This lawsuit is the first enforcement action by the State Water Board’s Office of Enforcement under the State Water Board’s Government Owned and/or Operated Tank (GOT) initiative that started in 2010 with the assistance of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the second enforcement action by the State Water Board against a public entity for UST violations. The GOT initiative aims to level the playing field with respect to compliance and enforcement between privately and publicly owned and operated USTs.

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  3. Empty Container Depot Opens in Long Beach
    Pier S facility to help relieve congestion

    The Temporary Empty Container Depot on Pier S at the Port of Long Beach opened for business today, Dec. 29, ready to provide a convenient means for truckers to free up truck-trailer chassis they need to move loaded containers out of marine terminals.

    Ongoing congestion caused in part by a lack of available chassis – the wheeled frames used to move shipping containers on the road – has caused delays in shipments. The depot allows chassis to return to servicing the terminals more quickly.

    Located at 2601 Pier S Lane in Long Beach, the 30-acre site is operated by Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals. The depot is scheduled to close March 31, 2015.

    The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 140 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.

  4. Cargo container trade climbed 1.3 percent in 2014, indicating continued economic growth for the U.S. and bringing the Port its third-busiest year ever behind the peak years of 2006 and 2007.
    Last year’s overall volume rose to 6,820,806 TEUs or twenty-foot equivalent units. Imports increased 1.8 percent to 3,517,514 TEUs, exports declined 5.9 percent to 1,604,394 TEUs, while empties rose 8.2 percent to 1,698,898 TEUs. Empty containers are sent overseas to be loaded with cargo.

    For December 2014 alone, the Port moved 567,237 TEUs through the harbor, a 2.6 percent decrease compared to December 2013. Imports dropped 5.1 percent to 276,516 TEUs. Exports fell 11.2 percent to 131,496 TEUs. Empties rose to 159,225 TEUs, an increase of 11.5 percent.

    Port officials attributed the growth in 2014 overall to strong relationships with the shipping industry.

    The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 140 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.

  5. Congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is being worsened by drivers having to search for the right chassis, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The chassis, which are the wheeled metal frames that allow trucks to tow containers to and from the port’s terminals, are vital to helping move the cargo to stores across the nation.

  6. The total number of containers handled at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in August 2015 rose by 12.0 percent on a year-over-year basis to 1,490,320 TUEs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Cargo volumes for the combined ports have largely returned to their underlying trends following the heavy slowdowns resulting from labor disruptions. Total containers at the Port of Los Angeles were up by 3.8 percent on a year-over-year basis, making it the busiest August since 2006, while volumes at the Port of Long Beach hit record levels (for the second consecutive month), surging 22.8 percent in August when compared to last year.

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Jodi Summers Sotheby’s International Realty 310.392.1211 Jodi Summers Bio With $100,000,000 in listed inventory, Jodi Summers understands the coastal commercial real estate market. A top producer with Sotheby’s International Realty, Jodi knows finance, rules, regulations, procedures and methods. She is accurate, knowledgeable, timely and aware of how government shapes the cities of Southern California. Jodi is born in Brooklyn, raised in and around Manhattan – the family business was marketing, Madison Avenue style. Childhood math quiz questions calculated demographic and psychographic percentages or analyzed the allocation of adverting dollars. Word games were for devising slogans. An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Jodi moved to California to achieve her goal of living by the beach with a palm tree and a hibiscus bush in her yard. She thrived as an entrepreneur in the entertainment, media and marketing industries. One of her books, “Marking and Marketing Music,” is in second edition. “My marketing and communication skills have proven to be a true gift when it comes to promoting real estate,” observes Jodi. “And I am consistently able to get an exceptionally high price per square foot for my sellers.” Discipline (Jodi holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), organization, motivation, excellent communication skills and knowing & satisfying the needs of her clients have been her essentials for running a successful business. A passion for investment real estate explains her emphasis in asset-yielding properties. Her team joined Sotheby’s International Realty for the company’s powerful brand and stellar reputation. “We offer the broad market knowledge needed to assist clients in formulating a sound acquisition strategy,” Jodi amplifies. “Together, we evaluate various markets, property types and neighborhoods to devise a customized approach that meets each client's specific objectives.” Jodi is a member of the Action Apartment Association of Westside income property owners, the Santa Monica Conservancy historic preservation society, the Ocean Park Association, the Friends of Sunset Park community group, the Real Estate Investors Club of L.A., and the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. Members of her team are fluent in Spanish and Italian. “Our reputation assures your satisfaction.”


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