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If you need to ship from China, what should we do?

October 21,2022

As the National Day Holiday is approaching, customers around the world are preparing their orders, so more shipments from China than ever will result in hot and expensive space, and extra cargo beyond the space will be delayed until the next planned shipment.

Congestion has worsened at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as the number of port dockworkers has dwindled to ensure safe distancing during the pandemic.

Container ships at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could face further delays in the coming weeks, if not months, according to sources. Poor congestion at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, two of the busiest container ports in the U.S., experienced a sharp rebound in September. Port cargo throughput increased significantly. Affected by the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, the cargo throughput of both ports was earlier than several months. It keeps going down.

The Port of Long Beach handled 725,610 containers of 753,081 feet TEU, a record high. It fell slightly to 9 containers in September, an increase of more than 9% year-on-year.

The record levels have forced some shipping companies  to switch regular berths between the two ports depending on the situation. Some of the containers were diverted to the neighboring Port of Los Angeles, which hit an all-time high of 961,833 TEUs in the month.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have seen their highest utilization levels in the past three months.

With the influx of cargo, congestion at two Southern California container ports is worse than when shippers scrambled to catch up with U.S. import tariffs on Chinese goods in 2018. Congestion creates additional challenges, including demurrage charges, significantly reduced local capacity due to increased waiting times, and other costs required to collect containers at terminals. Port congestion also affects LTL (less than cargo), LCL (less than container loads), and IPI (inland shipments through the U.S. West Coast) shipments. Many shippers experience significant delays when importing eastbound cargo to the West Coast. The breakdown of the CMA CGM system has also exacerbated congestion. Cyber attacks have affected the ability to obtain information such as delivery numbers, arrival notifications and cargo releases.

In the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it has become an issue for truckers to pick up their cargo from the terminals. Due to traffic jams, drivers cannot turn around as many times a day as they used to.

Drivers say wait times have become longer and appointment times have shortened. Conflicts continue between ocean carriers, terminal operators, trailer suppliers and drop shipping suppliers, all based on operational issues with other parties. This conflict keeps increasing demurrage charges for importers because it is too difficult to find the root cause between the two parties. The freight industry has responded to the increase in demurrage by no longer accepting deliveries without demurrage waivers. They insist that importers, their brokers or freight forwarders pay demurrage directly. An American freight forwarder said: "Recently, due to the weather, there have also been delays. There is no berthing position for ships yet. There will be more large container ships entering the port in the future, and the situation will only get worse." And will not There are enough ships. Unloading is getting faster and less reliable, ultimately putting more pressure on the entire supply chain. "

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