Weekly Logistics Headlines: Gulf Coast Growth, Expanding Port Hours
Following the lead of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma have extended their operating hours. Longer daily hours aim to help clear congestion from the complex. However, Splash 247 reports that tight capacity at warehouses and among truck fleets is likely to impede progress.
American Shipper reports that Gulf Coast ports saw growth last month as they picked up slack from congested West Coast facilities. Mobile, Houston, Corpus Christi, and others saw increased volumes of refrigerated cargo, steel, and bulk liquids.
Union Pacific has decided to keep pace with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach by accepting trucks 24/7. According to Transport Topics, UP’s rail yard near LA-LB has added 20 weekly hours of drop-off time to help move cargo out of the port complex more efficiently.
Transport Topics and other publications are reporting that the trucking is now short approximately 80,000 drivers from its needed performance. The American Trucking Associations estimate that the driver shortage has grown from 61,500 to 80,000.