The San Pedro Bay Port Complex has maintained steady container dwell times throughout the month of August.
The new data from the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) comes as a welcome relief, indicating that the supply chain is operating smoothly despite ongoing global challenges.
Cargo destined for local delivery via truck spent an average of 2.89 days at port terminals during the month of August.
This figure represented a slight reduction from July’s average of 3.08 days, but falls within the normal range, signalling that the ports are effectively handling the influx of container traffic.
Meanwhile, the dwell time for rail-destined cargo saw a minor uptick, with cargo spending an average of 4.45 days at terminals in August compared to 4.14 days in the previous month.
Even with this slight increase, the average rail cargo dwell time remains well within acceptable limits, according to the PMSA.
Michele Grubbs, Vice President of PMSA, expressed satisfaction with the consistent low dwell times observed in both truck and rail cargo. Grubbs emphasized that ensuring the seamless flow of container traffic through marine terminals and the timely delivery of goods remains a paramount focus for terminal operators.
Shifting the focus to container volumes, the Port of Los Angeles marked a significant turning point by registering its first month of gains in 13 consecutive months with a total throughput of 828,016 TEU in August.
On the other hand, the Port of Long Beach encountered a sluggish start to the peak season.