The Port of Long Beach has launched a new online dashboard called the Weekly Advance Volume Estimate (WAVE) report to make incoming cargo traffic easier to predict.
The Port said WAVE will shine on a spotlight on anticipated cargo flow and widely share key data with every link in the supply chain.
It will provide goods movement stakeholders such as trucking companies and chassis providers with forward-looking data to better cope with surging cargo volume and other challenges.
The weekly report will be updated each Monday and project cargo container volume and vessel calls several weeks in advance. It will also include estimates of categories of cargo, such as export, import and empty.
Mario Cordero, the Port’s Executive Director, said, ““We’ve created the WAVE report to provide our goods movement stakeholders with up-to-date forecast data to use in their planning process.
“Sharing this information is highly beneficial for the supply chain, especially as we cope with both seasonal and unanticipated peaks and valleys in cargo volume.”
Long Beach Harbor Commission President Frank Colonna, also commented, “The Port of Long Beach is committed to working with port stakeholders to facilitate the smooth, reliable and prompt movement of cargo through the port complex.
“This Port is a vital economic engine and it’s important for us to partner closely with our stakeholders to keep the cargo flowing. Collaboration is key.”
Port of Long Beach terminals and workers are moving a record amount of cargo at a time when new COVID-19 protocols are limiting capacity.
The Port has been acting to help partners better handle the surge. In addition to launching WAVE, the Port has opened STOR, or “Short Term Overflow Resource,” a temporary storage area where terminals can store empty containers or stage loaded containers for faster delivery.
The Port is also collaborating with terminal operators to promote and prioritize dual transactions to optimize the flow of goods by truck.