US ports continue to struggle handling record import volumes and dramatically increasing COVID-19 cases in the longshore workforce.
The combination of activity ahead of the holidays, a surge in e-commerce merchandise, personal protective equipment, home improvement goods, a lack of air freight capacity and the widespread Covid-19 cases has led to heavy congestion at U.S. ports.
Another concern is the shortage of empty containers and other equipment needed to haul products away from port facilities to the filled distribution warehouses.
The lengthy flow is translating into increases of dwell time from 21-30 days and delays for truck and rail transportation modes.
In advisories related to the Maersk ESSEN incident, Maersk Line said the current wait for a vessel to enter the Port of Los Angeles is 14 days.
To help with congestion and dwell times and to restore schedule integrity, Hapag-Lloyd is cancelling 11 Pacific South West Services, 6 Pacific North West Services and 2 US East Coast services in February. It is likely that other carriers will follow.
DB Schenker will continue to negotiate and mitigate with carriers and ports on behalf of and in support of our clients.
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Thank you for your patience and support.