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Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Congestion

17 December 2014

Please note there is still severe port congestion at Los Angeles and Long Beach Port. 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 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.
Due to the port congestion a surcharge will be applicable:

For FCL shipments, please note carriers in the Australia / New Zealand tradelane may invoke to a Port Congestion Surcharge. This is under discussion with the FMC to ensure the announcement and implementation follows their guidelines.
For LCL shipments, in the event of Port Congestion Surcharge implementation by the carriers servicing New Zealand, we will advise customers of additional charges accordingly.
Please feel free to contact you Malcolm Total Logistics Representative on 0800 786 786 in you have any questions.

News added by: Morne Ferreira on 17 December 2014

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