Truck congestion — and the resulting frustration, delays and expense — unfortunately is on the rise at major US ports. This week, as reported in California Apparel News, the Federal Maritime Commission hosted a forum with importers, truckers, brokers, freight forwarders, 3PLs and government officials at the Port of Los Angeles to discuss the root causes of this congestion and offer suggestions for improvement.
- Increased capacity of cargo ships — up to nearly triple — and resultant unlading time
- Growth of global trade and container volume
- Shortage of chassis at ports
- Impose penalty fees on terminals that violate 90-minute turn times for cargo pick-up
- Using an online appointment system for truckers to schedule pick-ups
- Establishing a gray chassis fleet at ports for general use
- Creating a “free-flow” system when unlading, facilitating access by truckers to specific, requested containers
The full article can be found here.