Southern California: Congestion shows no improvement

Southern California

Congestion outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach shows no improvement as 79 vessels continue to wait in the waters outside the West Coast ports.

In a social media post from Shipping Analyst Lars Jensen on 5 November 2021, it was revealed that 79 vessels were waiting outside the ports in southern California, showing no improvement from the last update on 25 October.

© Lars Jensen via LinkedIn

In an attempt to alleviate some of the pressure facing the ports in southern California, both the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have introduced a surcharge to ocean carriers for import containers that well on marine terminals.

This policy became effective from 1 November 2021 and will charge ocean carriers for each container that falls into one of two categories.

For containers scheduled to move by trucks, ocean carriers will be charged for every container dwelling for nine days or more. Alternatively, for containers moving by rail, ocean carriers will be charged if the container has dwelled for three days or more.

Charges will be $100 per container, increasing in $100 increments per container per day.

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