US Port Congestion Update


US Ports are still experiencing delays and congestion’s in the West and East coast, with many charging port congestion fees or only allowing 2 hours of free driver detention at the terminals with an hourly rate after that.

Charleston, Savannah, Norfolk and New York/New have become quite congested, turning collection into a 3 to 6 hour process, limiting the number of containers each driver can pull each day.

Significant delays are occurring at Oakland Port and several carriers sent announcements that they will be omitting Oakland on their routings until improvement in situation has been achieved.

Below is an overview, based on sources such as ocean carriers, truckers and our own experience in the stations,

Los Angeles / Long Beach
We’re again experiencing congestion, extended dwell times for rail cargo as well as increased truck turn times.
It varies terminal by terminal, but here’s what it looks like as of today:
Increased terminal congestion across the harbor this week due to higher volumes, particularly at YTI, Pier A(SSA) and CUT.
Some skilled labor shortages reported as a result of increased demand.
WB BSNF trains into LA/LB terminals have been delayed due in part to missed rail appointments and terminal congestion.
Dayside drivers we see are at 2.5 turns, night at about 1 to 1.5 Night has been a worse challenge with terminals closing up earlier than the normal.
LBCT terminal currently does not keep chassis on site at the terminal, it has to be picked up prior to entering if you don’t have an empty to return.
Rail: Most containers will move out of LA/LB within 4-8 days after offloading from vessel, but we are also seeing 8-14 days in some cases.
Truck power: Aprx 2-3 days’ notice for local truck capacity.

OICT terminal extremely congested.
Trapac terminal moderately congested.
Oakland is extremely short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 10-14 days out. Truck power situation is primarily caused by slow import deliveries, early afternoon restrictions on dual transactions at OICT, and driver waiting time for a bare chassis to become available.

Seattle and Tacoma:
Moderately congested.
2-3 days’ notice for local trucker capacity

New York terminals:
Extreme congestion at Global terminal . The last 2 days the line outside the terminal was plus 4 miles.
The congestion hops around from terminal to terminal depending on when the vessels dock.
Truckers spend an average of 2-3 hours moving through the terminals, but sometimes much worse.
2-3 days’ notice for local trucker capacity.

Moderately congested.
2-3 days’ notice for local trucker capacity.

Charleston / Savannah:
Moderate to heavy congestion at both ports due to increase in volumes.
Up to 7 days’ notice to secure local truck power.

Light congestion.
2-3 days’ notice for local trucker capacity.

We’re experiencing longer dwell times for our rail cargo:

Montreal- 6-10 days dwell time
Vancouver- 3-5 days dwell time
Halifax 2-4 days dwell time

Please refer to your assigned CS Representative if you have any questions.

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