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Terminals at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex are performing consistently better than they did last winter, when warehouses in Southern California were overwhelmed by the front-loading of imports that resulted from the Trump administration’s tariffs on imports from China.
Truck drivers are being detained longer during pickups and deliveries, cutting into their driving time and adding to shipping costs, despite efforts by “shippers of choice” to speed those drivers through their gates, a study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) finds.
Far more widespread demand for low-sulfur fuel will be required before prices stabilize enough for shippers to factor in the impact on Asia-Europe contracted rate levels.
Union Pacific Railroad has dropped its plan to levy fines against trucking companies for canceling or missing ingate reservations to enter intermodal ramps in California, Oregon, and Washington.
For the second consecutive year, Maersk and MSC have withdrawn the AE2/Swan Asia-Europe service in a bid to match capacity with slack demand.