Congestion & Gridlock at US Ports
The shipping industry has been in a state of flux recently. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, record-breaking import volumes on both the East and West Coasts, India’s recent lockdowns, stateside port staffing issues, and so much more, the shipping industry continues to reel.
Below is a brief summary of US port wait times and equipment shortages.
U.S. West Coast:
The major ports across the US West Coast are experiencing never-before-seen import volumes, limited yard space, and a lack of available truckers. Average wait times at the major ports are as follows:
- LA/Long Beach: 10 – 18 days vessel wait time
- Oakland: 18 – 22 days vessel wait time
- Seattle: 4 – 6 days vessel wait time
*Vessel wait time is the amount of time it takes for vessels to wait outside of the port to offload cargo.
U.S. East Coast:
The major ports across the US East Coast are experiencing similar issues with limited labor and unprecedented import volumes:
- New York/New Jersey: 3 – 4 days vessel wait time
- Savannah: 2 – 3 days vessel wait time
- Norfolk: 2 – 3 days vessel wait time
There is a severe shortage of chassis at many major US ports, impacting timelines for both import and export cargo. The ports experiencing limited chassis capacity are:
- LAX/Long Beach
- New York/New Jersey
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