Port of Los Angeles Plans Fees to Encourage Clearing Empty Containers

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.

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Port of Long Beach getting $52.3 million in federal funding for Pier B on-dock rail facility development

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.

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LA Port Sees Record 2021 Imports Despite Supply Chain Snags

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.”

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October Becomes the Largest Month on Record for Total Volume at the Port of NY and NJ

October Becomes the Largest Month on Record for Total Volume at the Port of NY and NJ

December 2, 2021 — BreakingWaves.com

The 16-month surge of cargo volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey reached an all-time high in October. A record-breaking 796,704 TEUs (440,514 lifts) were recorded in October, a 5.5 percent increase over the 755,437 TEUs (419,744 lifts) posted in October 2020. This increase crowns October as the month for the largest volume ever recorded at the port and brings the year-to-date total through October to 7,455,786 TEUs (4,134,601 lifts). The port is on track to significantly outpace its total cargo volume from 2020. Imports in October at the Port of New York and New Jersey totaled 398,535 TEUs (220,616 lifts) versus 403,103 TEUs (223,474 lifts) in October 2020, a 1.1 percent decrease. From January through October, imports increased by 19.9 percent compared to the previous year, reaching 3,812,566 TEUs (2,118,136 lifts). For the same period of 2020, the port handled 3,179,449 import TEUs (1,787,064 lifts).

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The Port of New York and New Jersey Continues to Manage Cargo Surge

The Port of New York and New Jersey Continues to Manage Cargo Surge

December 1,2021 –BreakingWaves.com

Since May, holiday items have been arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey in anticipation of the December shopping season. Popular items such as furniture, home goods, kitchenware, computers, televisions, electronics, and alcohol passed efficiently through the port. They were loaded onto trucks and trains for trips to stores and fulfillment centers across the country. The journey for these items, however, was not easy. For the past 16 months, the Port of New York and New Jersey has been managing a cargo surge that has pushed cargo volume up by nearly 24 percent compared to 2020. In addition, supply chain bottlenecks between the cargo’s departure from the port to warehouse and distribution centers were ongoing. Supply chain bottlenecks at other ports in the U.S. also affected the arrival of goods in New York and New Jersey stores.

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SoCal Ports Delay Fees for Containers Lingering in Yards

SoCal Ports Delay Fees for Containers Lingering in Yards

November 15,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

In a last-minute surprise, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach today announced they would delay for one week the implementation of fees for containers remaining too long in the yards. Carriers and shippers had been appealing for a delay for the fee which was due to take effect November 15, with the ports saying today that good progress is being made in reducing the number of containers.Plans to begin charging a fee for containers staying too long in the container yards were announced in late October as one of several initiatives designed to help make space with port and government officials saying the ports were simply running out of space and the overload of containers was contributing to backlogs offloading the long line of containerships waiting for terminal space.

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Savannah Begins to Reduce Containership Backlog with New Projects

Savannah Begins to Reduce Containership Backlog with New Projects

November 12,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

The Georgia Ports Authority is reporting an initial success at clearing some of the containership congestion at the Port of Savannah while the port also recorded its first-ever month handling more than 500,000 TEU. The U.S. Department of Transportation is supplying some of the first aid after the passage of the new Biden Administration infrastructure bill while Georgia is also undertaking projects to expand capacity at the terminal, storage, and the intermodal rail link.

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Stats Suggest That Port of Long Beach is Hitting its Limits

Stats Suggest That Port of Long Beach is Hitting its Limits

November 11, 2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

The Port of Long Beach reported Thursday that its volumes fell slightly year-on-year in October – not because demand is down, but because the port is hitting its limits. Tremendous consumer demand for imported goods has driven the cargo traffic at the twin San Pedro Bay ports through the roof, filling up marine terminals faster than they can be emptied.

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SoCal Ports Plan Clean Truck Fee as Environmental Focus Increases

SoCal Ports Plan Clean Truck Fee as Environmental Focus Increases

November 10,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

With local environmentalists complaining about the emissions from the ships offshore and trucks at the port during the surge in shipping activity, the City of Los Angeles as well as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Breach are continuing to focus on the need to develop infrastructure to support the transition to zero-emission shipping and port infrastructure. The Los Angeles City Council along with the ports announced new initiatives targeting emissions while others are pointing to California’s stringent environmental regulations as contributing to the current backlog at the ports.

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CMA CGM Buys Los Angeles Container Terminal Operator

CMA CGM Buys Los Angeles Container Terminal Operator

November 3,2021 — MaritimeExecutive.com

Bolstered by record profitability from the surge in container shipping, the major carriers are deploying the free cash flow being generated to move forward aggressively with their long-term business plans. In the latest move, French shipping major CMA CGM Group announced it was reacquiring a terminal operator in Los Angeles that the shipping company sold four years ago to pay down debt.

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