28 Sep Severe Ports Congestion in USA
US ports are currently facing one of the worst ports congestion scenarios ever since these ports were modernised for containerisation. The reason: the humongous rise in consumer and industrial demands, causing an exponential increase in the country’s import volumes.
Around 70 cargo ships are queuing outside two of the biggest ports in the US due to the increasing demand for imported goods.
The vessels carrying thousands of containers are being forced to wait for a berthing place at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California, which together manage around 40% of all cargo ships entering the US.
A shortage in trucks and drivers to collect the goods amid a surging demand for imports as the American economy continues to reopen have been blamed for the disruption.
Some economic analysts have said they fear ports congestion will remain until late 2022.
Around 60 ships were waiting on the Californian coast last week, but that record-breaking figure jumped to 73 at the weekend with other ports also unable to help clear the backlog due to a lack of capacity.
Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have announced measures to try to speed up the “unprecedented growth” in the volume of cargo.
Both ports will be expanding the hours during which trucks can collect and return containers as part of an effort to “maximise” night operations.
Long Beach port’s executive director Mario Cordero said they would continue to take “bold and immediate action to help the supply chain move the record cargo volumes”.
Los Angeles is the busiest container port in North America, a position it has held for more than two decades.
The global shipping network has struggled to keep pace with an ongoing surge in orders by retailers and manufacturers looking to replenish stocks as economies continue to make some recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Shortages of pet food, timber, toys and clothing have been reported amid a spike in orders throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Most of our dehydrated vegetables shipped to US are arrive in Long Beach port or Los Angeles port. Now it takes nearly 30 days from Shanghai port to US western ports, it was only 2 weeks before. And the sea freights are still at a high peak level.