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Port of Los Angeles pumps up the volume, reports busiest April in history

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Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles.

The Port of Los Angeles has sailed into history with a record-breaking container volume count. Try to contain your excitement.

The combined import/export container volume for last month saw a 15-percent increase over the numbers from April 2011.

The busiest April in port history, overall container volume (factoring in empties) jumped to 551,393 over last year's 479,808 count for the same month.

The occasionally toxic port, and long-time home of The Love Boat, broke export records in 2011, besting 2010 by 14.5 percent.

Additional data to digest: Arriving 20-foot equivalent containers increased 16.7 percent, from 312,359 containers in April 2011 to 364,555 last month. Exports increased 11.5 percent, from 167,448 containers in April 2011 to 186,838 last month.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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