LA-LB Congestion

LA-LB Congestion

Editorial coverage of the worst congestion seen in years at the largest port gateway in the Americas.

News & Analysis

15 Nov 2021
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have delayed by one week implementation of costly emergency fees on long-dwell containers as retailers rush to vacate those containers from the docks.
31 Mar 2015
More than five weeks after West Coast longshoremen and waterfront employers reached a tentative contract, the Port of Oakland is still trying to regain the vessel calls it lost.
Port of Oakland
27 Mar 2015
West Coast ports continue to reduce vessel and container backlogs that built up during the nine months of labor negotiations, with the ports of Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma progressing at a faster pace than Los Angeles-Long Beach.
27 Mar 2015
Terminal operators and equipment managers on the West Coast intend to form a discussion agreement that will allow them to work with industry stakeholders such as shipping lines, motor carriers and railroads to reduce congestion and improve cargo velocity.
25 Mar 2015
Earlier this year before the three major equipment-leasing companies formed a gray chassis pool in Los Angeles-Long Beach, Direct ChassisLink Inc. was positioning 300 chassis into a marine terminal in Long Beach while Flexi-Van Leasing was pulling 280 of them out of the same facility. Thanks to the gray, or neutral chassis pool that went into operation on Mach 1, that type of inefficiency has very quickly become a thing of the past.
25 Mar 2015
APL issued an upbeat customer advisory Wednesday about conditions at Los Angeles-Long Beach, saying that while many ships remain at anchor off the coast, the pace of cargo handling is noticeably picking up.
24 Mar 2015
Recognizing the impact that port congestion is having on the ability of marine terminals to work container ships, the Long Beach Harbor Commission has extended a cap it had placed on dockage fees charged to shipping lines until June 30.
Bobby Olvera
24 Mar 2015
International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13 President Bobby Olvera told the Long Beach Harbor Commission that dockworkers are committed to clearing out the worst container backlog to hit the Southern California ports in more than a decade, and wants to see the reputation of the ports restored.
23 Mar 2015
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are partnering with cargo interests, terminal operators, harbor truckers and the railroads to hasten the day when marine terminals become transit facilities rather than storage sites for containers.
20 Mar 2015
The daily vessel report Friday from the Marine Exchange of Southern California demonstrates that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are making progress in digging out from the congestion they experienced in recent months, but they still have a long way to go.
19 Mar 2015
The announcement last week by carrier alliances that beginning in late March they will deploy three new all-water services from Asia to the East Coast through the Panama Canal was a dagger to the hearts of West Coast ports besieged by congestion and labor problems.
17 Mar 2015
Container volumes in Los Angeles and Long Beach plummeted in February as the ports faced another month of severe congestion and labor problems.
16 Mar 2015
The average ship turnaround time at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex in the fourth quarter was twice that experienced by carriers in August, with the congestion during the three month period costing carriers an estimated $150 million, or $1.5 million per weekly service, according to analysis by Drewry.
13 Mar 2015
U.S. shippers importing goods from Asia to the West Coast are paying more in the spot market for ocean shipping but getting worse service in return, a function of carriers’ pricing power gained from strong demand and the effects of the congestion.
12 Mar 2015
Terminal operations up and down the West Coast were in start and stop mode this week in attempting to recover from the backlogs that built up during the tense longshore labor standoff that ended with a tentative agreement between labor and management on Feb. 20th.
NYNJ Global Terminal
12 Mar 2015
Container traffic at the Port of New York and New Jersey jumped 7.8 percent year-over-year in January, an all-time record for the month and a reflection of how some East Coast ports are benefiting from diversions away from congested ports on the opposite coast.
11 Mar 2015
Mario Cordero, chairman of the U.S Federal Maritime Commission, told the Harbor Trucking Association in Long Beach and TPM last week there is reason to believe that terminal operators will do their best to improve turn times at U.S. ports this year.
11 Mar 2015
Even before congestion begins to clear West Coast ports, freight shipping activity in the U.S. is rising, a trend that will put more pressure on freight rates and capacity, according to the Cass Freight Index.
Port of Oakland
06 Mar 2015
After two weeks of working all-out to clear its worst congestion problem since 2002, the Port of Oakland on Friday reported reduced vessel backups and yard congestion, improved truck transaction times and better terminal productivity.
04 Mar 2015
Protracted West Coast port delays will push Dollar General to shift more import cargo to the East Coast, a logistics executive for the discount retailer said Wednesday at the 15th annual TPM conference.
03 Mar 2015
Shippers who tried to divert their containerized cargo to the U.S. East Coast during the paralyzing port congestion at West Coast ports in the last few months were not always successful because they did not have long-standing relations with carriers serving the East Coast, according to panelists at the 15th annual TPM Conference.
truck with APL container at Los Angeles APL Global Gateway South terminal
27 Feb 2015
The Port of Los Angeles is teaming up with terminal operators and a harbor drayage company to launch a container free-flow operation aimed at reducing congestion at the largest U.S. port while delivering import loads to retailers and other large shippers quickly and efficiently.
Chicago business
27 Feb 2015
A broad measure of business activity for the Chicago are plunged in February with much of the blame being laid at the door of the West Coast port labor standoff.
26 Feb 2015
Freight forwarder Expeditors International saw air freight volume soar in the fourth quarter, reaching a 19 percent year-over-year increase in December, as shippers tried to fly over West Coast port gridlock.
25 Feb 2015
Retailers continue to feel the hangover of West Coast port gridlock that will persist for weeks despite tentative agreement on a coastwide longshore labor contract.
25 Feb 2015
WASHINGTON — California Rep. Janice Hahn called on the House Budget Committee Wednesday to increase funding for U.S. ports, which will see financing fall millions of dollars short of targets Congress and the White House agreed on last year.
25 Feb 2015
The credit ratings of major West Coast ports will not be significantly impacted in the short to medium term by the cargo-handling disruptions that occurred during the protracted dockworker contract negotiations, but continued labor problems would cast the ports as unreliable, and would likely lead to permanent cargo diversion, Fitch Ratings stated Wednesday.
25 Feb 2015
Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., urged the Federal Maritime Commission to investigate the Pacific Maritime Association’s “unilateral” curtailing of night, weekends and holiday hiring of dockworkers during recent West Coast longshore contract negotiations.
Union Pacific in Alameda Corridor
23 Feb 2015
With U.S. West Coast ports on the road to restoring productivity, the two Western railroads are taking steps to handle an expected increase in international intermodal traffic.
23 Feb 2015
With a tentative contract in hand, West Coast ports are easing their way back into full production, although the performance of longshoremen Monday was not consistent up and down coast, according to the Pacific Maritime Association.
20 Feb 2015
Negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have reached a tentative coastwide contract agreement for five years after more than nine months of bargaining.
20 Feb 2015
U.S. intermodal volumes are declining, while Canadian shipments increase, a sign that more shippers are diverting cargo from the U.S. West Coast north to ports in British Columbia.
19 Feb 2015
With West Coast ports reporting plunges in container volumes in January, port executives are becoming increasingly vocal in demanding that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association end the impasse in negotiations that is ravaging their ports.
19 Feb 2015
Wal-Mart brought wider attention to how West Coast port congestion is hurting shippers, saying on Thursday that shipment delays are hurting its business and threaten its spring and Easter inventory.
19 Feb 2015
Multimodal logistics operator XPO sees opportunities as well as challenges in the West Coast container pileup, as shippers struggle to move freight inland.
18 Feb 2015
The number of loads available for spot dry van tractor-trailers have plummeted at West Coast ports since November, depressing outbound spot truckload rates, DAT Solutions said. A strong rebound is likely when the port labor dispute is resolved and containers start moving.

Commentary

Intermodal service is sliding back downhill, and things could get worse if federal regulators slow down crude oil trains, a move that would take velocity out of the entire network.

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