- West Coast ports point to a strong holiday season and a rush to beat tariffs as reasons for near record-breaking import volumes in November 2018. The Port of Oakland had its busiest November ever for imports.
- "You’re seeing the opposite effect on the other side of the ocean," Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said in a press release. "Chinese businesses seem to be already looking to other countries for goods and raw materials, meaning there's less demand for American exports and more empty containers are being shipped."
- Empty containers at the Port of Long Beach rose 11.4% in November compared to the previous year, and empty exports at the Port of Oakland more than doubled from November 2017 to November 2018.