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February 2, 2005 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner on Tuesday proposed a system of "smart" cargo containers that could deter terrorist attacks and speed the flow of goods into the U.S. The technology, which is undergoing field tests on vessels using busy shipping lanes between Singapore and Southern California, involves the use of wireless sensors inside cargo containers. The sensors would allow the containers to be monitored for signs of tampering.
August 15, 2012 | Ronald D. White
Cargo numbers for the nation's busiest seaport complex were down by 1% in July, compared to a year earlier. The numbers reflect continued weakness in the U.S. economic recovery during a month in which retailers were moving back-to-school products and had begun to stock their inventories for the November and December holiday retail season. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which share San Pedro Bay, are No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, respectively, in the amount of imports and exports transported in steel cargo containers.
April 1, 1997
I totally disagree with your March 26 editorial supporting the Long Beach Harbor Commission. They plan to tear down the Naval Station and build a container storage facility and lease it to Cosco, the Chinese government-controlled shipping company. This issue deserves an uproar by taxpayers who have paid many millions of dollars to build and operate this station. Although the Navy has had to abandon the station due to cutbacks, it would be criminal to tear it down to accommodate Cosco.
September 16, 1999 | STEPHEN GREGORY
Asia's export juggernaut continued to steam through Southern California in August, pushing levels of inbound cargo at the Port of Los Angeles to a record high for the second straight month. And, in a potentially positive sign for the nation's gaping trade imbalance, export levels at the nation's second-busiest port were higher for the fourth straight month. In August, the port took in 12% more cargo containers than a year ago. Most inbound cargo is finished consumer goods.
The Port of Los Angeles reported Tuesday that it imported nearly 117,000 more cargo containers than it exported over a recent 20-month period, heightening concerns in Wilmington about the large number of empty containers stored there. "At what point do we have enough?" Harbor-area Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores asked port officials at a Los Angeles City Council committee meeting Tuesday. "Are we going to store them forever?"
June 15, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Cargo movement through the nation's busiest seaport complex increased a little more than 1% in May compared with the same month last year, port officials said Tuesday. But experts said it wasn't clear whether the figures were a sign of more traditional international trade patterns this year or a hint of weakness in the overall economic recovery. In May 2010, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were roaring back from the global recession. Retailers were replenishing record-low product inventories and the peak holiday shipping season had begun early.
The remote transmitter on Lisa Williams' stolen Geo Tracker led police right to the spot. In a box. In port. Waiting for a slow boat to Guatemala along with five other stolen vehicles. After the Tracker was stolen Tuesday night from in front of Williams' Hollywood home, police picked up the signal on her anti-theft transmitter at the Port of Long Beach by Wednesday evening.
January 19, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
If it were a hub for ships instead of trains, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.'s Hobart rail yard would rank as the fourth-largest U.S. container port, behind Los Angeles, Long Beach and New York-New Jersey. The Hobart yard sits southeast of downtown Los Angeles on 245 acres of continuous movement. It's the busiest rail yard in the country for transferring cargo containers between trucks and trains.
Federal officials found no signs of stowaways Thursday on a cargo ship diverted to an Alaskan port after its captain became alarmed that one or more people might be trapped inside a sealed shipping container. The incident aboard the MV Manoa, on its way to San Pedro from China and other Asian ports, began Sunday when crew members said they heard a pounding noise coming from inside a cargo container deep inside the ship's hold.
March 14, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The nation's busiest seaport complex had a down month for cargo statistics in February compared with a year earlier, but officials blamed it in part on an early Chinese New Year's celebration that idled factories in that nation. Combined, for example, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach moved a total of 445,835 cargo containers carrying imported goods last month. That was a decline of 12.5% from a year earlier. Chinese factories traditionally close for the celebration for a week of more, said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Long Beach port.
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