E-commerce is surging, imports are flooding into the U.S. from Asia, equipment and chassis’ are scarce in even the best cases, and warehouses are filled to the rafters. Even the FMC has announced an investigation into the causes of port congestion, trying to determine if problems arise from inefficiencies radiating out from carriers and port staff. With no relief in sight, carriers are installing fees to manage the costs generated by repositioning containers and the reliability score of the trans-Pacific trade lane has dropped to the lowest level since 2011. 

 

Port Delays Continue as US Imports Surge

The logistics industry has been fighting this congestion for months, starting with the Chinese Lunar New Year shutdown, the pandemic blanked sailings, and the biggest surge of imports headed to U.S. shores in history. It has created a perfect storm of disruption and delays at the LA/LB ports that now bleeds out to further west coast ports like Tacoma, Seattle, and Oakland as they try to manage the overflow of cargo coming as forwarders try and find a solution to reroute cargo destined for the west coast. 

 

COVID-19 Surge Creates Further Obstacles at Ports

With coronavirus cases spiking in the U.S., staffing issues are starting to plague shippers and warehouses as social distancing and sickness eat into operational productivity and speed. Considering port volumes are expected to be up more than 40% over 2019 through the end of this year and into the first quarter of 2021 as manufacturers start to restock raw materials in the late winter as retailers do at Christmas. Even rail space is at a premium as 2020 is the first time a rail trip eastbound was more expensive than a truck move for the same container. 

 

Mach 1 Mitigates Impact of Port Delays

Mach 1 is working hard to protect our customers from the disruption happening at ports. Our strong relationships with carriers work to our customers’ advantage as we can procure equipment and routings that keep your cargo moving despite the disruption. We’re not immune to the market conditions but with early planning, advance notice of equipment needs, and some flexibility regarding the routes we can adjust your shipments to avoid the worst of the delays. We will all have to work together to weather this storm, but you have Mach 1 on your side and we’ve got you covered. For more information on how we can keep your cargo moving despite port delays , contact our Mach 1 team today by calling (800) 553-7774 or get a quote by clicking HERE.

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