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Los Angeles port continues to pump up the volume

After handling record-breaking container volume in 2000, the Port of Los Angeles continues to experience growth in 2001.

The port in July handled 451,855 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), increasing 3 percent compared with 440,731 TEUs in July 2000. Imports totaling 238,957 TEUs also rose 3 percent compared with 232,730 TEUs in July 2000; exports totaled 86,878 TEUs, a 7 percent jump compared with last year's 80,864 TEUs.

Meanwhile, the port recorded 126,019 empty containers in July, about 1 percent fewer compared with July 2000's 127,136 empties.

For 2001's first seven months, the port handled 2,833,592 TEUs — an increase of 4.5 percent, or 122,810 TEUs, compared with its record-setting January-to-July 2000 growth period.

The port last year handled 4.9 million TEUs, which shattered its 1999 record 3.8 million TEUs.

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