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LONG BEACH CONTAINER DATA: YEAR TO DATE

Note the INBOUND Data:
 
Loaded
Inbound
Loaded
Outbound
Empties
Total
Containers
January
200,588
88,510
110,197
399,295
February
149,299
92,781
75,962
318,042
March
186,450
117,674
70,007
374,131
April
199,051
112,976
96,678
408,705
May
208,591
121,064
89,900
419,555
June
206,358
114,107
92,882
413,347
July
221,719
108,420
102,874
433,013
August
249,920
130,623
112,796
493,339
September
224,924
109,337
106,103
440,364
October
227,064
119,194
106,160
452,418
November
 
 
 
 
December
 
 
 
 
 
October data of inbound 20 foot cargo containers is 227,064. Oct. 2008 was 292,456 a 22.4% decline from last year.   Last year at this time was not exactly a banner period. The 3,000 extra containers added in October, does not a Christmas make. 
 
Also, note that the last 2 months shipments were below August. These cargo containers are related to cross country US rail traffic. If these figures begin to decline, we can assume rail traffic will begin to drop and our Stastical Recovery will waver. If on the other hand cargo containers begin to increase, signaling US demand for components for manufacturing as well as consumer goods, a recovery has begun. Which one are you betting on?