BRi Global News - US Port/Terminal Update (Delays Continue)


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


This list will be updated as information is made available.


Port of Seattle and Tacoma – The Northwest Seaport Alliance handled a total of 288,289 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in January, growing 9.3% compared to January 2020. Full imports increased 10.9%, while full exports decreased 13.4%. While ports in the Pacific Northwest typically offer a routing alternative to congested Southern California, some North American importers are finding the PNW to be a slow-go of late amid vessel delays, the extended surge of Asia imports, and rail disruptions in the US Midwest due to last week’s winter storms. Still, the ports of Seattle-Tacoma anticipate a return to normal cargo flow by springtime despite the elevated cargo volumes and low ocean reliability that have affected most major North American ports. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach – The Port of Los Angeles processed 835,516 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January, an increase of 3.6% compared to January 2020. It was the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year increases as U.S. consumer spending continues to drive demand for goods. 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 summer 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 – Containerized cargo volume declined at the Port of Oakland in January, the result of spreading supply chain congestion. The Port said today that import volume dropped 11.9 percent last month compared to January 2020. Exports were down 11.3 percent. The port attributed cargo declines to factors including late-arriving ships from Southern California (where up to 60 vessels are at anchor awaiting berth space); temporary loss of berth capacity at Oakland’s largest marine terminal where new cranes are being assembled; and dwindling vessel space for Oakland exports as ships carry more empty cargo containers back to Asia. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of Houston – All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


Port of New York/New Jersey – 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 - Today, SC Ports will welcome two new ship-to-shore cranes to the Wando Welch Terminal. These additions will expand the existing capacity limits at the port. All terminals are open for normal operations this week. 


GA Ports - While the pandemic roiled the U.S. economy and global trade, Georgia exports weathered the storm better than many, jumping from the 12th-ranked state to 10th last year with $38.8 billion in exports, according to government data. Exports picked up in late 2020, rising 17% through the Port of Savannah in the last three months of the year compared with the previous three months. Exports grew again in January, according to the Georgia Ports Authority. All terminals are open for normal operations this week.


JAXPORT - Terminal operator SSA Marine will provide $50.9 million on top of a $20 million federal grant to expand the capacity of its Blount Island Terminal at the Port of Jacksonville, part of a larger expansion that will eventually allow the port to handle vessels up to 12,000 TEU in capacity.


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