April 17 - Cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach in March 2015 showed a 32 percent increase over the same period in 2014, making it the busiest March in the gateway's history.

A total of 630,084 teus were moved through the port in March, with imports recorded at 317,520 teus - a 42.1 percent increase over last year. Exports decreased by 17.3 percent year-on-year to 127,337 teus, while empty containers increased by 85.4 percent to 185,227 teus.

Despite the strong month for containerised cargo, overall cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach are down 3.3 percent for the first three months of the year, compared with the same period in 2014.

March numbers increased after terminal operators and dockworkers agreed to a tentative contract settlement at the end of February. Activity ramped up as the terminals and labour significantly cleared the backlog of cargo that had built up over several months of congestion at West Coast ports.