Nearly all terminals, including Los Angeles / Long Beach, Savannah, Miami, Houston and Seattle, are facing congestion issues due to increased volume and labour shortages.
The U.S. is seeing high cargo volumes enter each month, and all North American ports face berth congestion.
Carriers such as SSL ONE have introduced a number of changes to their Transpacific services, notably this includes temporary omissions in Savannah, Seattle, Oakland, and Halifax. Maersk, MSC and Zim have also opted to temporarily omit service in Seattle due to the increased vessel waiting time at berth.
U.S. West Coast
Los Angeles / Long Beach: Due to yard congestion, high import dwell and labour shortages, vessel waiting time is 33-41 days. APM yard has 88% of the capacity used in Los Angeles, while TTI Terminal yard utilisation in Long Beach is at 95% capacity.
The Port of Los Angeles processed close to 10 million TEUs between January - November 2021. This is an increase of 18.7% compared to the same period of 2020. The demand of empty containers back to Asia increased 10.6%.
Seattle: Due to high import volume and labour shortages vessel wait time is 7 days. Container terminals are heavily congested and many containers stay in storage for weeks in a closed area until truckers can pick them up. T18 terminal yard is at 11% capacity. All operations will be delayed by approximately one month, and there will be far longer transit times than in previous weeks.
Oakland: Due to high import volume and labour shortages, and the additional problem that the port is down one berth, vessel wait time can be up to 5 days.
U.S. East Coast
New York / New Jersey: Due to high import volume and the holiday season, and as a result of APM Terminal being a crane down, vessel wait time is up to 3 days.
Savannah: Due to off proforma vessels and high import volume, plus weather events and labour shortages, vessel wait time is 4 days. Operations have been impacted by carriers advancing cut-offs with little to no notice. Due to the port congestion at the Port of Savannah, many services have switched from Savannah to Charleston.
Charleston: Due to labour shortages and high import volume, vessel wait time up to 3 days.
Port Everglades and Miami: High import volume has caused a CFS backlog; in turn, vessel wait time is 1-2 days. Equipment shortages are causing pick-up delays. Services out of MIA are being affected by allocation and blank sailings.
U.S. Gulf Coast
Houston: Due to high import volume, labour shortages, and port congestion, waiting time is 2-6 days.
We continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated. For any enquiries regarding specific bookings, please contact our Customer teams.