Congestion Worsens at LA-LB Port Complex With No Relief in Sight

By: Bill Mongelluzzo  | October 06 2014

Congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach grew worse over the weekend, with no relief in sight as late peak-season container volumes descend on the largest U.S. port complex. A terminal will get enough chassis for several consecutive days to clean out its yard, but then the equipment supply dries up and the terminal is congested again.

In Southern California, truckers and terminal operators point to chassis being in short supply, in the wrong place at the wrong time or chassis being out-of-service as being the main Ocean carriers earlier this year exited the chassis business. Terminals on both coasts immediately began to report that they did not have enough chassis,  because the business relationships involving cargo interests, shipping lines, terminal operators and chassis providers had changed.


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