36-day average transit time on China-US West Coast route underscores the extent of supply chain breakdown

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With the Biden Administration now stepping in to tackle the port congestion crisis at Long Beach and Los Angeles, China-US West Coast transit data and insights provided by digital freight forwarding company Shifl underscores how bad the situation has become, and how much work it will take to get cargo moving on time again.

Between the 2nd half of May 2021 and the 1st half of October 2021, the average transit time from Chinese base ports to the US West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach increased from 19 to 36 days.

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Extended working hours justified as Port of Long Beach records second busiest September in history

Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach had its second-busiest September on record, down 5.9% from the same month last year, demonstrating the need for extended work hours within the supply chain as unprecedented numbers of vessels wait off the coast to unload cargo.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 748,472 cargo container units, a dip from the Port’s strongest September on record, achieved in 2020. Imports decreased 8.7% to 370,230 TEUs, while exports declined 1.6% to 110,787 TEUs. Empty containers moved through the Port dropped 3.6% to 267,456 TEUs.

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Biden steps up pressure on ports and supply chains to address port congestion woes

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US President Joe Biden seems to have increased his efforts to ease the current congestion, transportation and supply chain blockages that are disrupting the US ports especially on the West Coast and avoid disruption of goods delivery through the ports especially for holiday shoppers.

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Biden said “The moves were a first step to pushing supply chains in the United States, the world’s biggest consumer economy, to operate faster.“

Biden announced a number of steps to achieve this objective including moves by the nation’s two largest ports Los Angeles and Long Beach to expand to 24-hour operation, and also to ramp up efforts by big conglomerates like Walmart, FedEx, UPS, Samsung, Target and The Home Depot for quicker cargo clearance.

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Port of Long Beach starts pilot program for 24 hour cargo pick up at its Pier T Terminal

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Close on the heels of its announcement to expand hours for truck pick up and drop off, the Port of Long Beach has started its pilot program for 24 hour cargo pick up at its Pier T Terminal.

Total Terminals International container terminal on Pier T in the Port of Long Beach became the first terminal to start making it easier for trucks to access the facility for cargo pick up during the overnight hours in a new pilot program to widen access and speed deliveries amid the ongoing cargo surge.

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