the end of the peak holiday shipping season, shipments through the Port of Long
Beach fell by 9.5% in November, compared with the same month a year ago.
terminals saw weak imports and exports, as this November's total dropped to the
equivalent of 372,085 TEUs. The port's totals are typically higher during the
August-through-October period when holiday products such as Asian-made clothing,
toys, shoes, consumer electronics and household goods are headed to retailers.
Unlike recent years, there were fewer last-minute shipments of holiday merchandise
declined to 193,861 TEUs, a decrease of 9% from November 2000. Exports fell 16.4%
to 75,879 TEUs in November-the 13th consecutive month in which this year's export
total was lower when compared with the same month a year ago. Asian economies
have been very weak. Exports moved through the port include industrial equipment
and raw materials, such as plastics, chemicals and recycled wastepaper. The number
of empty containers shipped through the port declined in November to 102,345 TEUs,
a decrease of 4.4% from a year ago.