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Records tumble in San Pedro Bay as the Port of Los Angeles joins Long Beach with busiest January ever

Close on the heels of a record-setting January for the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the USA's largest port declared its busiest January in its 115-year history setting a new milestone for a Western Hemisphere port. The Port of Los Angeles processed a record 865,595 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January, a 3.6% increase compared to last year. “Many of the key data points that track the number of containers moving off our docks – and how quickly they depart – have improved significantly in recent weeks,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Our...

Why import volumes are falling in Los Angeles when there are still a lot of vessels queuing outside

Last week, containerized import figures from the port of Los Angeles showed that Q4 '21 saw a large slide compared to the preceding quarter, with containers processed at the port falling month-over-month since October. The port of Los Angeles handled 385,251 TEUs of imports in Dec '21, which is 16% lower than in Dec '20. Does this mean a dearth in the number of vessels docking at the port of LA's terminals? Not really. The port terminals have remained chock full for the better part of a year. The number of vessels queued in and around San Pedro Bay has...

Carriers given a month to evacuate empty containers in Los Angeles Terminal

"Ocean carriers will be charged for empty containers staying in the Los Angeles port terminals for more than 9 days" - this is the message from Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles to the carriers calling at Los Angeles. On the 30th of December 2021, the Port of Los Angeles announced plans to begin charging a fee to ocean carriers that allow empty containers to linger on the Port’s marine terminals for nine days or longer. The fee, subject to approval by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, would take effect on Jan. 30, 2022, giving carriers...

Average Transit time from China to New York outperforms Los Angeles/Long Beach transits

As many container vessels continue to loiter across Southern California and farther, waiting for berths at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach -- the focal points of the American import economy – there has been a consistent increase in transit time between Chinese-base ports and the West Coast ports. Transit time data is measured from the time a container departs from the port of origin until it is discharged at the destination terminal. Data from Shifl shows transit times have gone up steadily since the summer of ‘21, with transit times in December across the ports of Los...

Will Container Dwell Fee in Los Angeles and Long Beach be implemented?

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach announced on the 29th of November that the implementation of the much unwanted “Container Dwell Fee” will be further postponed till the 6th of December. This decision taken after a meeting between U.S. Port Envoy John Porcari, shipping lines and the marine terminal operators brings into question whether action can be spurred just on the back of threats of additional costs to carriers. As per statements from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, since the fee was announced on Oct. 25, the twin ports have seen...

CMA CGM to incentivize early pick up of import containers at Los Angeles and Long Beach

CMA CGM posted a net profit of $5.6bn for Q3 increasing its consolidated revenue by 89%, compared to 2020 on the back of incredible freight rates and the signing of many high freight rate contracts. CMA CGM is not alone in this as there have also been reports that profits of shipping lines have smashed profits of the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google. Naturally many have been wondering as to how shipping lines would be spending these profits and on what. As per reports, CMA CGM went on a buying spree of second-hand vessels, adding 49 ships to...

Container Dwell Fee postponed yet again at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles

In what is seen as a possible improvement in the situation of full containers dwelling in the San Pedro Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, both ports have today announced that the implementation of Container Dwell Fee will be further postponed to the 29th of 2021. As per the last press release this fee was to come into effect from the 22nd of November 2021. In a press release, the Port of Long Beach announced this postponement citing continued progress at the marine terminals. This announcement comes on the heels of today's meetings with U.S. Port Envoy John D....

Temporary relief as Container Dwell Fee postponed till 22nd Nov at Long Beach and Los Angeles

“We’re encouraged by the progress our supply chain partners have made in helping our terminals shed long-dwelling import containers”

This is the message from Mario Cordero, Executive Director of Port of Long Beach announcing the postponement of Container Dwell Fee till the 22nd of November both at Long Beach and Los Angeles today.

Ocean carriers set to pay surcharges at Long Beach and Los Angeles for containers in terminal

Ocean carriers who are usually the ones charging “surcharges”, may soon be paying a “surcharge” at the San Pedro Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles for import containers that dwell in the marine terminals of these ports for longer periods. As per a communique from the Port of Long Beach, this surcharge which comes into effect from the 1st of November, is in “an effort to improve cargo movement amid congestion and record volumes”.

Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to expand hours for truck pick up and drop off

After consultation with multiple supply chain stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles announced bold new measures to improve freight movement and reduce delays through the ports as they continue to experience record volumes. These measures will enhance the ports’ landside operations to help meet the unprecedented growth in cargo volume moving through the San Pedro Bay.
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