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Port Congestion at Los Angeles and Long Beach

Please be advised that an ongoing port congestion at Los Angeles and Long Beach is impacting vessel and gate productivity at Global Gateway South and other marine terminals serving APL. Imports and exports passing through these terminals may face delays in deliveries.

The situation has been the result of several simultaneous events that happened in June, when constrained capacity of trucking, labor and rail assets struggled to cope with an extraordinary surge in demand. Shippers had brought forward shipment plans ahead of the June 30 expiration of contract between the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association. The latter represents terminal operators in the U.S. West Coast.

While shipment volumes are beginning to normalize now, the ports are carrying a backlog of cargo inventory that needs to be run down before congestion dissipates.

We assure you that APL is sparing no effort in working with our terminal vendors, alliance partners, truckers and rail operators towards easing the congestion. We have assembled a taskforce dedicated to tracking the daily situation very closely, expediting operational planning and securing additional trucking availability against the nation-wide crunch.

We understand that Global Gateway South, which handles a third of APL’s volume today, is also playing its part to improve flows by taking the following measures:

  • Adding cargo handling equipment to improve throughput;
  • Securing additional land space to accommodate increased inventory and traffic;
  • Re-configuring yard to optimize traffic flows and container storage; and
  • Implementing an import delivery appointment system mid July to speed up import deliveries.

The good news is, we are starting to see improvements in delivery turn times at the Global Gateway South, and we expect this to get better.

If you are receiving import cargo at Los Angeles or Long Beach, you too can help to alleviate the congestion by:

  • Sending your truckers to pick up containers when the gates are wide open early morning; and
  • Reminding your truckers to check the, the port community website, for cargo availability prior to sending drivers to the terminals.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this challenging situation together.