16 September 2014
Please note there is still severe Port congestion at Los Angeles terminals and Long Beach Port, which is now at record levels. This is causing significant delays for truckers to collect empty containers, and also return full containers.
Trucking companies are reporting a decline in productivity and as a result, truckers are heavily overbooked so there maybe delays organising loads. In addition to this, carriers and terminals are not always extending free time on equipment, so there is a possibility demurrage charges and waiting time may be applicable. In the event of any additional costs, Mondiale will contact customers directly as affected.
We will continue to work with our USA agent and trucking network to minimise disruption wherever possible. Please contact your MT representative if you require further information.
News added on: 7 October 2014
Please note that excessive delays are currently being experienced at the ports of LAX/LGB. This is mainly due to a severe shortage of chassis available to the market. Since the Ocean Carriers have gradually stopped providing chassis, our agents are now relying on chassis pools and leasing companies to provide the equipment but that is not sufficient to satisfy demand at the moment.
In many cases drayage companies are now required to pick up a chassis from a secondary location prior to attempting pick up and delivery of a container. As a result, drivers are waiting in longer lines at the terminals and missing appointments which is leading to a loss in productivity and higher operating costs. The current turn around time to pick a container up at the terminals is 2-5 days longer than usual and in some cases even longer.
Volumes hit an all time high in August exceeding volume forecasts and causing a huge strain on the entire supply chain. Should volumes continue on this high trend, the chassis shortages and longer wait times at the terminals will also continue.
Our agents are doing their best to work with our truckers, ocean carriers and the ports to deliver their usual high level of service, but we do ask for your patience and understanding that some delays will occur which are out of our control.
News added by: Morne Ferreira on 16 September 2014