Shippers using the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex have been hit with increased delays in truck turn times, and ironically are paying more for diminished service levels.
According to the Journal of Commerce, the average turn times at the port complex’s 13 container terminals have increased by 50% in the last year — from about an hour to 90 minutes — which is attributed to the past year’s chassis shortages, intermodal rail service problems, increase in drayage rates and ILWU’s past job actions which were part of the now-settled West Coast port labor slowdown.
The twin ports have formed stakeholder groups to address the issues that are causing increased turn times. However, as vessels calling in the ports get larger, the congestion persists. And now the trucking industry is able charge shippers for excess truck waiting times — the “new normal.” (*JOC site registration required)