Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Ports & Terminals

US Army Corps of Engineers to help Port of Long Beach with improvements to enable navigation of bigger ships

Officials announced recently that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving $8 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding help to make navigational efficiency...

US importers pay millions in additional interest due to port congestion in US West Coast ports

Billions of dollars worth of cargo waiting outside West Coast ports in 2021 racked up millions in interest due to port congestion Importers pay...

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...

The impact of Supply Chain disruptions and mitigation – A conversation with the FMC

Supply Chain can perhaps be termed as the "Phrase of the Year" in 2021. Whether you were involved in the business of supply chain...

Significant Supply Chain Progress as the Holidays Draw Near says The White House

"Months of Coordination Bring Signs of Good Cheer" - this is the word from the White House about the supply chain disruptions that we have...

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...

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...

The American trade imbalance and port congestion

As per stats released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the American trade deficit on goods and services...

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...

California Governor and U.S. Port Envoy vow to take action to curb supply chain disruptions

Long Beach, Nov. 17, 2021 : Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Port Envoy John D. Porcari visited the Port of Long Beach on Wednesday to...

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.

Port of Long Beach records 2nd busiest October amidst congestion

Port of Long Beach, the 2nd busiest container port in the USA, second only to the other San Pedro Bay port of Los Angeles, recorded its 2nd busiest October in history when it handled 789,716 TEUs in October 2021.

This figure is down 2.1% from the Port's strongest October on record which was in October 2020 when it handled 806,603 TEUs. A news release from the Port of Long Beach attributed this drop to limited capacity at the marine terminals which hampered imports at the Port of Long Beach in October, although volumes were still strong amid an ongoing transition to extended operating hours.

Why America’s “Shipping Crisis” will not end

The American shipping crisis has been making news all over the world and has been the subject of discussions across many media platforms and the industry..

Even US President Joe Biden commented on the supply chain disruptions and set up task teams to find solutions for the problems.. 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..

There have been several commentaries across the whole spectrum of supply chain from various experts from shipping, freight forwarding, trucking and trade backgrounds..

However, none of the discussions and explanations seem as lucid as the message conveyed by a 20 year veteran US truck driver..

I am sharing this article written by Ryan Johnson that explains his perspective on the situation and why he feels that America's "Shipping Crisis" will not end unless.....................

Biden administration’s action plan to ease US supply chain disruptions

Recognizing the critical role American ports play in the global economy, President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal includes an unprecedented $17 billion to improve infrastructure at coastal ports, inland ports and waterways, and land ports of entry along the border.

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”.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Federal, state, local stakeholders gather at Long Beach to discuss solutions to shipping congestion

Transportation and goods movement officials and other stakeholders gathered on Tuesday at Port of Long Beach headquarters to broaden efforts aimed at speeding up...

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

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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