03 December 2014
Please note there is still severe port congestion at Los Angeles and Long Beach Port, which remains at record levels. This is having a negative impact on both US Rail and the intermodal trucking network nationwide. There are a number of factors contributing to this congestion, such as an acute shortage of truck power; lack of chassis equipment; increase in volumes; larger vessels resulting in added labour requirements with more containers discharging and loading.
Vessels are being delayed physically sailing from the Los Angeles and Long Beach port by 7-10 days at present, and containers moving to Los Angeles on US Rail are likely to be delayed upon arrival at Los Angeles rail-head. As a result of containers being re-scheduled, shipping lines are reporting delays accepting new bookings from West Coast ports.
Unfortunately, there is no sign of the congestion easing in the near future. We are working closely with all parties involved to ensure we keep customers updated, and to expedite our cargo as available. Please note, there may be a surcharge involved due to the congestion. Please feel free to contact your Malcolm Total Logistics representative on 0800 786 786 if you have any questions.
News added by: Morne Ferreira on 03 December 2014