Southern California Port Congestion Worsens

Please note that congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has reached a critical point. Several container ships are anchored off the harbor and waiting in line to berth. Vessels alongside port  are either not performing cargo work or delayed in working due to a shortage of ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) labor.

In addition to the labor shortage, container ship traffic and volume at the LA-Long Beach port complex has been relatively high, contributing to terminal congestion. Other reasons for the gridlock include the increasing sizes of ships in the trans-Pacific trade lane, which require longer times as berth, as well as a shortage of chassis and drayage drivers.

Noel Hacegaba, acting deputy executive director and chief operating officer at the Port of Long Beach, told the Journal of Commerce that the port has formed an internal congestion relief team to find solutions, and asked two chassis-leasing companies, DCLI and Trac Intermodal, to add 3,000 chassis to their fleets to help relieve congestion.

RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and report further updates once available.