The Port of Long Beach in California reported a 7.9 per cent increase in container throughput to 397,301 teu (20 ft equivalent units) in November, compared with the same month last year, as exports rebounded. The total was the port's third-highest monthly figure, after September's 402,710 teu and August's 399,303 teu. 'The November exports confirm what we've been saying about improvement in the Asian economies,' port managing director of maritime services Don Wylie said. 'While the recovery is not yet robust, the strongest exports here in two years are certainly very good news.' The number of export containers rose 8.2 per cent in November to 91,201 teu, the highest since November 1997's 96,568 teu. The number of import containers increased 8.7 per cent to 209,444 teu as the holiday shipping season extended longer than normal into November.