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With figures like these, it’s hard to imagine a stellar Christmas let alone an economic recovery.
Port of Los Angeles
                             2009                              2008                % CHANGE
September            309,078                      367,900              -16%
Port of Long Beach
                             2009                              2008                % CHANGE
September            224,924                      277,700              -19%
“The port of Los Angeles received 309,078 containers packed with imported goods in September, representing a decline of 16% from the same month last year and 27% from September 2006, L.A.'s best month ever for imports. Long Beach received 224,924 import containers in September, a drop of 19% from a year earlier and 32% from September 2007, the port's best September ever.

For the first nine months of the year, imports, exports and empty containers through the port of Los Angeles were down 16% at just under 5 million containers while the Long Beach port saw a decline of nearly 25% at just under 3.7 million containers, compared with the same period last year.”