Here is an example of how serious the congestion is at the port of Los Angeles / Long Beach by showing the recent sailing schedule of a vessel, the ONE Falcon. Here is a summary of the most recent port calling data from the vesselfinder.com website:
- Arrived in Hong Kong on January 21, 2021
- Arrived in Yantian on January 23, 2021
- Arrived to anchor at Long Beach on February 14, 2021 (5:35pm) – stayed anchored for 12 days 3 hours
- Officially docked in Long Beach on February 26, 2021 (21:29) – stayed docked at Long Beach for 7 days 15 hours
- Departed Long Beach roughly around March 6, 2021 to drift to Oakland.
- Finally anchored outside the port of Oakland today, March 15, 2021
This vessel spent roughly 20 days in Long Beach before leaving. Furthermore, a typical one day transit from Long Beach to Oakland was stretched to over one week, This example of the actual sailing schedule of the ONE Falcon is typical of that of other vessels traveling to the U.S. West Coast. Transit times are being stretched beyond what we have ever experienced in the past. It is also an example of why vessel sailings in Asia are further delayed as vessels take longer to return back to Asia,
Importers with containers to and from Los Angeles / Long Beach should be aware there are two serious and growing issues:
1.) Chassis shortage – The chassis shortage is becoming so severe that many truckers are unable to pick up containers because there just aren’t any chassis available.
2.) No appointments available to return containers – Even if a trucker is able to get an appointment to pickup a container and deliver it to an importer, they need another appointment to return the empty container. However many terminals are now experiencing difficulty providing appointments to truckers to return the empty container. We routinely have cases where one week after the container is empty and ready to return, the terminal is still unable to provide an appointment to return the empty container. This only acerbates the chassis shortage issue. Furthermore, importers are stuck having to pay additional per diem, storage fees, and chassis rental fees.
Unfortunately, this is a strong warning to all importers with containers to and from Los Angeles/Long Beach that they may be subject to additional truck drayage fees due to the congestion issues at the ports.