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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.