San Pedro Bay registers solid truck dwell time for October

San Pedro Bay registers solid truck dwell time for October

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) has revealed that cargo travelling through the port complex and destined for local distribution via truck spent an average of 3.21 days at terminals during October.

The October results were somewhat higher than the September average of three days. The truck dwell time in October is within the typical range.

Dwell time for rail-destined freight fell in October, with cargo staying an average of 5.14 days at terminals, down from 6.54 days the previous month.

READ: San Pedro Bay container dwell time remains consistent in July

According to the PMSA, the proportion of containers that stay for five or more days contributes to the average dwell duration for local and rail-bound containers.

In October, 9.9 per cent of local containers stayed for more than five days, while 36 per cent of rail-bound containers stayed for five or more days.

Natasha Villa, External Affairs Manager of the PMSA, stated: “We’re pleased to see truck cargo dwell time has remained fairly steady. Though rail dwell time remains elevated, there was a decrease compared to the previous month.”


In August and September, the San Pedro Bay Port Complex maintained steady container dwell times.

The neighbouring ports experienced remarkable results in October as they rebounded from a weaker-than-usual peak season. In LA, cargo handled reached 725,775 TEU, marking a 7 per cent increase from the previous year. Meanwhile, at the Port of Long Beach, dockworkers and terminal operators moved 755,150 TEU.

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