Surge in imports congests West Coast ports, leads to calls for more dual transactions

Industry News,

Dive Brief:

  • Shippers are being warned of severe congestion at the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that could result in increased lead times on shipments, according to a customer advisory from C.H. Robinson dated Oct. 2.
  • "We have been seeing record volumes in recent months being processed at our terminals," Phillip Sanfield, the director of media relations for the Port of Los Angeles, said in an emailed statement. "With this import surge has come ... operational challenges for the supply chain at ports around the country."
  • The Port of Los Angeles expects the volume increase to continue in coming weeks, with large YoY increases in weekly import volume, according to the latest figures on its Signal dashboard.

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