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Congestion clears on the water, port truckers’ frustration mounts

Stephanie 11/24/2021 3:00:03 PM

Despite the recent reports regarding congestion easing on the water in California's major ports, truckers claim this isn't the case for them; “long wait times, a flawed appointment system and other efficiency issues continue to plague marine terminal operators in the state.” Truck drivers are overwhelmed as most drivers have appointments but have to wait in line for 10 hours to grab a container. “an unreliable appointment system has drayage companies checking day and night to find ope....
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Excess Container Dwell Fees Delayed Once Again

Stephanie 11/22/2021 6:46:18 PM

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for a second time have delayed collection of the new surcharge that was supposed to take effect November 15th. The surcharge was supposed to take effect as an attempt to unravel the massive port congestion. “The new tariffs, which escalate by $100 per day until container departure, are to be assessed on ocean carriers. Importers are upset that shipping companies are prepared to pass the cost onto them.”     The goal here was to improve flui....
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Black Friday Logistical Nightmare Predictions

James 11/15/2021 9:13:57 AM

Introduction  As you may already know, the congestion in the west coast is a logistical nightmare, and it is proving not only a problem to the LA and Long Beach ports, but also retailers across the United States.  To provide a better picture of the increased growth in the overall retailer economy, the Ports of LA and Long Beach have handled 17% more imported containers until now compared to 2018, which was previously the highest recorded in exports and imports.   Moreover, many....
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Bidens Infrastructure Bill and its Outcomes

Stephanie 11/12/2021 2:48:28 PM

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, promoted by President Biden and recently passed by Congress, has the potential to address the current supply chain crisis due to the following factors: the demand for goods being held at chokepoints, lack of labor, as well as the restricted transportation.     There would be a trickle down effect once the supply chain crisis is resolved; and in the best way possible. Outcomes of this crisis resolution would also resolve labor shortage and....
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A Small Step Forward for the Port of Los Angeles

Stephanie 10/26/2021 7:16:03 PM

As of Friday October 22nd, the city of Long Beach issued an emergency order allowing businesses to temporarily increase the amount of containers they could stack in their lot. The order is in an effort to reduce the amount of congestion there is at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as well as availability of chassis and increase cargo flow. The rule change does not apply to terminals at the Port of Long Beach, which routinely stack containers up to six high. Many media reports o....
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Yet Another Headache for Cargo Shippers

Stephanie 10/8/2021 6:30:09 PM

    Price of ship fuel is currently at its highest since 2014. According to Ship & Bunker data, the average price of IFO 380 HSFO burned by ships with scrubbers had risen to $514.50 per metric ton on Wednesday, up 51% since the beginning of the year. The average price of VLSFO, the fuel used by most commercial ships since IMO 2020, was $601 per ton on Wednesday, up 42% since the beginning of the year.  HSFO pricing hasn’t been this high since October 2014. Lasek told American Shipp....
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