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May 16, 2014 4:30 PM, EDT
Container Traffic Rises at Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach
Tim Rue/Bloomberg News

Container traffic at the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach posted solid gains in April from a year ago.

Los Angeles’ total volume of 20-foot equivalent units increased 10.3% to 706,036 from the same time last year, marking the port’s busiest month since September. Long Beach’s rose 9.7% year-over-year to 569,843 TEUs.

Loaded imports at Los Angeles increased 11.4% in April to 537,071 TEUs. Exports increased to 172,945 units, an 8% gain.

At the Port of Long Beach, imports increased 11.9% to 295,712, and exports were up by 6.3%, to 146,498 units.

The sister facilities, which compose the largest U.S. port complex, are covered under a labor agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and Pacific Maritime Association. That deal is set to expire June 30, and negotiations have begun on a new contract.