The Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles are in virtual grid lock at this time. The port terminal congestion, lack of chassis, closed working area, limited Pier Pass hours, and periodic port terminal closures due to congested terminal space are causing demurrage, detention or extra leased chassis expenses.
Truck turn times can range from 2 to 8 hours and often produce no container pick up. The average time from the outside gate queue line to the exit gate at the end of a terminal transaction is 4-6 hours. This has totally reduced the number of containers our drivers can move in a day to an average of 1 – 1.5 per day. Traditionally our drivers move 3 – 4 containers per day.
We are sorry for this inconvenience and possible additional cost to our customers. We do not have any control over the inefficiencies of the ocean carriers, terminal operators or port labor. This situation is going to get much worse before it gets better. We are coming into Peak Retail Season and our forecasts indicate high container volume that will lead to more congestion until the end of the year.
If you would like to change the routing of any upcoming shipments, please contact us and we can discuss alternative options.
We will do our best to keep you informed as to the status of all shipments coming into these ports.
If you have any questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.