For the past few months, the ports are facing complex problems or congestion which has been demonstrated by rising truck turn and containers causing more ships waiting at the berth. The days have become worse despite long working hours on the terminal. The near records of cargo volumes have become more of a reason for causing the congestion. There have been reports which tell that the containers are unable to be vacated fast enough that could make a room for the new arrivals.
As per the data analytics, the truck turn times on December 14 were a lot better than the turning times now. Then, the average turn times were 100 minutes or greater for six consecutive months which came through for the reason of disruptions in the West Coast Longshore.
It is not like only LA, and Long Beach ports are suffering from this problem but almost all the ports are facing a problem but maybe for many other reasons.
What are those reasons?
The containers being imported from Asia have such a large volume that all 12 of the container terminals are facing a challenge in handling the volume of about 800,000 TEU per month. The containers are leaving the port without carrying any products while many exporters stay awaited to get a container to load their productions.
Does the most important question arise for why are we facing such problems? The crises started due to the COVID-19 attack. All the countries were jammed into a lockdown which slowed down trading in almost all the regions. The real problem began when the trading began at the pace after things started getting a bit at ease. The ratio of imports and exports did not match up and was highly irrational causing major troubles in the US. Imports from Asia were in a high rule where exports from the US did not match the volume strength causing the irrational problem of container shortage. The bandwidth issue also was an impact of reduced manpower to handle the trading during the crises.