Congestion is nearing record highs at US West Coast ports, with the US East Coast not far behind. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are currently most affected.
During August 2021, a record high (125 ships) for all ships at berth or anchor was reached at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. This tops the first quarter high of 113. As new transpacific routes are added, numbers will likely continue to rise. What’s more, Los Angeles and Long Beach are now considered more congested than China’s Ningbo and Shanghai port – according to a recent survey of the world’s 22 busiest ports.
On the East Coast, meanwhile, an offshore queue is growing. Summer holidays and an increase in COVID-19 cases have heavily reduced labour availability, yard turnaround times and productivity across New York and New Jersey ports.
Inclement weather in Georgia has further exacerbated congestion issues due to the closure of the Savannah River. This has led to a significant increase in anchorage numbers.
We continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated. Please contact our Customer teams with any enquiries relating to specific bookings.