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To Our Valued Clients:
Please be advised that delays moving cargo in and out of Los Angeles/Long Beach, the nation’s largest port complex, have worsened in recent days, with no immediate solution in sight. This critical situation is the result of a combination of larger incoming vessels creating higher than expected cargo surges, gate hour restrictions at terminals, long-shore labor shortages and general labor uncertainties as the ILWU longshoreman’s contract negotiations continue. All of this has created terminal gridlock, intermodal rail delays, chassis shortages and a truck capacity shortage as the terminal operators scramble to get containers in/out of the port terminals.
Some terminals have reported dwell times as much as 10 days on average in October, compared to the normal three days. One carrier recently reported containers sitting on the dock for 20 days waiting for on-dock rail. Additionally, the port is experiencing some vessels anchoring outside the ports waiting for a berth. Some ocean carriers are skipping L.A./L.B. and discharging instead into Oakland or Tacoma/Seattle ports.
At HYC Logistics we are working closely with our ocean carrier and truck partners, to the best of our ability, in order to facilitate the fastest possible movement of your shipments through the port facilities.
For cargo not yet booked, we encourage shippers and importers to consider alternate routings, scheduling or transportation modes, especially for cargo into or out of the mid-west. Consultation with your HYC Logistics representative based on your individual supply chain needs can provide further information and insight to help guide you in this process. HYC Logistics offers airfreight and domestic trucking services for all your import/export shipping needs.
We will continue to keep you advised of the situation at L.A./L.B. We are optimistic that with a decline in imports into the traditional “slack season” of November and December, the terminals will finally have an opportunity to clear out much of the back-log of containers, thus improving throughput back to normal standards.
As always, please contact your HYC Logistics representative if you have questions or concerns. Also check out the latest updates on Port News.
HYC Logistics Inc.
USA – Southern California Port Congestion
October 29, 2014
Please be advised that congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has reached a critical point.
- Several container ships are anchoring off the harbor and waiting in line to Now Vessels are also being delayed due to ongoing congestion.
- There continues to be an acute shortage of truck The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates that the industry has a shortage of approximately 30,000 drivers nationwide. Hapag-Lloyd continues to explore opportunities to contract additional vendor companies.
- The success of the import delivery appointment system at some terminals has been limited in part by a lack of sufficient container handling equipment to pre- mount those containers prior to the scheduled pick-up Import customers and their motor carrier vendors are encouraged to confirm availability of their cargo by checking the terminal’s website prior to sending a truck to the terminal in order to avoid a denial of service when they arrive at the terminal gate.
- Chassis shortage is also exacerbated due to our services being fragmented over many A chassis relief team comprising of terminals, chassis vendors and PierPass has been established and is looking to set up a temporary asset sharing plan among the chassis providers with the next 30-90 days. A long term solution is expected in 2015.
Due to this congestion, berthing and/or cargo delays are expected on the below services:
- CC1 (Central China 1)
- CC2 (Central China 2) This service will be temporarily suspended.
Final sailing: OOCL Italy V048 Eastbound ETD Shanghai on October 31, 2014 / Westbound ETD Los Angeles on November 16, 2014
- CC3 (Central China 3)
- CC4 (Central China 4)
- JPX (Japan Express)
- MPS (Mediterranean Pacific)
- PA1 (Pacific Atlantic 1)
- PA2 (Pacific Atlantic 2)
- SC1 (South China 1)
- SC2 (South China 2)
- SE1 (Southeast Asia 1)
- SE2 (Southeast Asia 2)
- SE3 (Southeast Asia 3)
- WAN (US West Coast – Australasia Loop 2)
- WAS (US West Coast – Australasia Loop 1)
We will continue to pursue alternative measures to assist our customers and alleviate the burden felt from these congestion issues.
For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.
Hapag-Lloyd (America) Inc. as agent of Hapag-Lloyd AG