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U.S. Port Congestion 2014 & 2015

Archived from 2014 and 2015

Please note this was created to update customers on congestion and delays at many U.S. ports, specifically Long Beach and Los Angeles, that was increasing for multiple reasons and factors in 2014 and 2015.  We collected some useful resources and information on this topic.

Key Factors

The port congestion was attributed to multiple factors, including:

  • Increased shipping volumes due to ILWU-PMA continued contract negotiations
  • Peak Season volumes
  • Chassis shortage due to the decision by most ocean carriers to quit providing chassis to their customers
  • Increasing sizes of ships in the trans-Pacific trade lane, which require longer times as berth
  • Truck driver shortages and carrier capacity issues in the US domestic market
  • Increased use of intermodal rail
  • Carrier alliances calling multiple terminals, which causes delays in matching right container with right chassis
  • Existing gate hours are not sufficient in meeting demand, PiersPass Inc. advised additional early and late flex hours along with additional shift for lunch and dinner hours
  • California Trucking Association has added secondary safety checks resulting in longer turn time for drivers
  • When mega ships arrive to port for loading or unloading there must be sufficient terminal operations to maintain vessel schedules (a global issue)

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