After a slow start to the year, the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday posted double-digit growth in exports and imports for April.
The Port of Los Angeles handled 707,182 cargo containers last month, an increase of more than 14.5 percent compared to April 2011, officials said.
"This was our busiest April ever at the port in terms of overall volumes," said Phillip Sanfield, a spokesman for the Port of Los Angeles. "Anytime we see over 700,000 cargo containers come in a single month, we know it's a good month."
The nation's busiest port reported a 16.7 percent jump in imports, an 11.6 percent hike in exports and a 13.3 percent increase in the number of empty containers.
The sudden hike in shipments may signal a surge in consumer confidence, Sanfield said.
Additionally, the spike in empty containers heading back to Asia indicates that retailers are preparing for the busy "back to school" season this fall, so that supplies and clothes can start arriving at the port by June and July, Sanfield said.
"Based on these numbers, there's obviously some positive outlook," Sanfield said. "But you never know what the rest of the year will bring."
More than 2.5 million cargo containers have passed through the Port of Los Angeles during the first four months of 2012, a 6.1 percent increase from the same period last year.
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