Congestion at US ports Continues
Los Angeles/Long Beach terminal operators have tempered hopes for 24/7 operations to mitigate congestion, claiming that they will not commit to round the-clock gates while 30% of existing appointment slots go unused. Providing round-the-clock service requires a costly extra shift, which does not earn back the investment.
Meanwhile, the Port of Oakland is calling on carriers to route more cargo via its facilities. It claims its berths are congestion-free and that carriers should reinstate services.
During January-September 2021, the main US West Coast ports saw their volumes go up by 17% over 9M20’s figures to 18.5 million TEU. They are also 10% higher than in 9M19. Full imports rose by an 17.2% to 9.2 million TEU, whilst full exports went down by 11.1% to 3.1 million TEU. Consequently, the number of empties was 37% higher than for the same period of 2020. Oakland is the only port where overall throughput did not go up by a double-digit percentage, although its imports grew by just over 10%.
Average* Dwell Time for major gateways in that region:
- Long Beach 12.6 days
- Los Angeles – 13.6 days
- Halifax – 6.5 days
- New York – 8.5 days
- Charleston – 10.8 days
- Savannah – 7.7 days
- Houston – 10.5 days
*As of October 15th 2021
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