New reports point to U.S. port congestion in “Critical” shape

New Reports Point to U.S. Port Congestion in “Critical” Shape

December 7, 2020 —

In addition to higher volumes, labor and chassis shortages have contributed to the ongoing congestion which is expected to last into at least December 2020. Imports from Asia to the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex reportedly increased by 22 percent in August and September compared to 2019 levels. However, the increase in import volumes has not been matched by higher operating capacity in terms of equipment and space; the ports have also faced some labor shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, delayed vessel arrivals, as well as a chassis shortage in Southern California, which is expected to continue into 2021, have added to the logistical bottleneck.


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