The BOC Blast 286 – Major port congestion

Severe Congestion at Ports

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The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as the Port of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), are facing congestion due to heavy import volumes, according to various forwarders.


Silicon Valley-based freight forwarder Flexport said in a weekly update Wednesday, “We’re seeing extreme congestion at Los Angeles/Long Beach and New York ports as a result of the influx of import volume in advance of the tariff hikes, peak season and Chinese New Year preparations. The large import volume is causing a chassis shortage and long pickup times, so you may experience some shipment delays in the next few weeks.”


Flexport said it expects the backlog at the PANYNJ to take longer to clear because those terminals are not open at night or on weekends. However, that was disputed by Dick Jones, the executive director of the Bi-State Motor Carriers at the PANYNJ, which said the port terminals are offering extended or weekend hours. For example, the port authority’s alert system showed APMT in Elizabeth would be open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and PNCT would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.


Jones said congestion is in part the result of heavy volume and the three-day work weeks that occurred around the Christmas and New Year holidays. “Some of that stuff is still dragging out,” he said.


Additionally, he said wait times at some terminals is two to three hours, about twice as long as normal, but he also added not all terminals are affected.


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