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Port of LA Cargo Traffic Hits Record, Long Beach Declines

Container cargo traffic was up 8.5% last year at the Port of Los Angeles, yet its neighbor, the Port of Long Beach, experienced a 5.8% drop off in cargo traffic during the same period.

Nearly 8.9 million container units passed through the Port of Los Angeles, a new record, while just 6.8 million container units went through Long Beach’s terminals.

The drop off in Long Beach was blamed on the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy filing, as well as mergers between other ocean carriers. Hanjin was a majority stakeholder at Long Beach’s largest container terminal. As a result of the bankruptcy, Hanjin’s cargo shifted to other shipping lines that had agreements with terminals at the Port of Los Angeles.

A subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co. eventually agreed to take over the long-term lease at Hanjin’s former terminal.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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