BRi Global News - Major U.S. Ports Status Update and China Update


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Below is a general overview of the port operations BRi USA has been able to gather for most US ports.


Port of Seattle and Tacoma – Breakbulk volumes surged through Washington state ports during 2020, with high-and-heavy cargoes an outlier in terms of growth at the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) ports of Seattle and Tacoma, benefiting from a diversion of wind energy cargoes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NWSA’s terminals in Seattle and Tacoma handled 291,623 mt of breakbulk in 2020, an 18.3 percent gain from 2019 and the highest total in five years. That growth came even as total domestic and international tonnage, including containerized goods, tumbled 10.7 percent for the year. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach – Despite some improvement in productivity last month, terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say they probably won’t dig out until late spring from the vessel backlogs and congestion that have plagued them the past six months. Delays for port cargo or for cargo to be moved inland by rail have been excessive - up to weeks. Experts say that congestion will dissipate in Los Angeles-Long Beach when workers throughout the supply chain are vaccinated and imports take a modest dip. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of Oakland – At the Port of Oakland's 2021 State of the Port address, executives outlines plans for this year including commitment to a zero, greenhouse gas emissions future and improved truck traffic flow. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of Houston – As the nation’s largest tonnage and one of the busiest ports, Port Houston has a focused effort on freight mobility. Several projects, including the Peninsula Road Improvement project and Sheldon Road Expansion project, are in the works this year. Port Houston teams are working to keep up with continued growth the port is experiencing. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of New York/New Jersey – Despite a challenging spring and summer and the most unusual of years, the Port of New York and New Jersey finished 2020 strong with double-digit cargo volume percentage growth in December. Total volume for December 2020 saw a 21.3 percent increase compared to December 2019. This brings their full-year 2020 volume to a 1.5 percent increase over 2019 TEU volume. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of Virginia - All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


North Carolina Ports - All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


South Carolina Ports - SC Ports handled 216,265 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in January, up 2.5% year-over-year. SC Ports has handled more than 1.43 million TEUs thus far in fiscal year 2021, which began July 1. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


GA Ports - Container rates and volumes are both hitting highs at Georgia ports. There were 2,060 bills of lading recorded at the beginning of February 2020; however, Savannah is currently sitting at 4,051 bills of lading - a 54% increase in the number of shipments being cleared for entry into the United States. All terminals are open for normal operations this week.


Container Congestion Chaos as Shenzhen and Shanghai Terminals Push Deadlines Pre-New Year Holiday


Severe congestion has hit roads leading to the southern Chinese container gateway of Yantian, as exporters desperately try to clear a backlog of orders before the new year holiday begins at the end of the week.


Furthermore, it appears shippers trying to get shipments out of the Pearl River Delta could find themselves in a dilemma after the port announced it was bringing forward the cut-off time for gating-in export containers. Shanghai and Shenzhen now require a week, instead of just two days, prior to the sailing of the vessel as the port attempts to clear congestion in the yards and entry roads.


Nonetheless, cargo flows continue – such is the pent-up demand for goods from the Pearl River Delta factories that many, particularly in the electronics sector, have opted to continue production through the holiday to clear the backlog of orders.


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