National Port News and Trends
Port of Los Angeles Plans Fees to Encourage Clearing Empty Containers
December 31,2021 –TheMaritimeExecutive.com
In the latest effort to clear some of the congestion at the container terminals, the Port of Los Angeles said it plans to begin charging a fee to ocean carriers that allow empty containers to linger for nine days or longer. This latest effort comes as the port has delayed for two months its fee on long dwell import containers, with port officials now complaining that the empties are the primary offender taking up space in the port and its off-site storage yards.
Port of Long Beach getting $52.3 million in federal funding for Pier B on-dock rail facility development
December 23,2021 — DailyNews.com
A centerpiece on-dock rail facility at the Port of Long Beach will receive $52.3 million in infrastructure grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Pier B on-dock rail facility is designed to speed up cargo movements and reduce pollution. The announcement came on Thursday, Dec. 23, from U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. No Port of Los Angeles projects were included but additional rounds of funding will be announced later. “This is great news to hear at the end of what will be our busiest year,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.
LA Port Sees Record 2021 Imports Despite Supply Chain Snags
December 15,2021 — ABC.com
The Port of Los Angeles — the nation’s busiest — is on track to move a record volume of import cargo this year, even as officials struggle to thin a backup of ship traffic and ease supply chain snarls that have been blamed for product shortages and higher shelf prices. “The sustained and unmatched demand by the American consumer is pushing our import numbers to new levels,” Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, told reporters in an online briefing. “We’re on track for an all-time import record in … 2021.”