In order to continue to keep you informed of the current situation of international maritime transport, we are in contact with you to explain that not all difficulties come from China, just look at the images from a few days ago (October 13 and 16) that accompany this information shows dozens of ships at anchor waiting to enter into operation in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The fact is that the vigorous economic recovery of the United States is testing the capacity of the country’s port system in the short term, which has seen how in the first half of this year the volume of containers handled has increased by 40% compared to the same period last year. Global supply chains are congested. And in California, the United States, this is evident.
“We are facing an unprecedented increase in cargo at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles due to the major production shifts of the global pandemic and decades-long supply chain challenges,” says Mayor of Long Beach, California. It should not be forgotten that approximately 70% of the US foreign trade moves by sea and the ports of San Pedro Bay, that is, Los Angeles and Long Beach, first and second in the country, respectively, handle approximately 40% of all containerized cargo arriving in the US and 30% of exports. Both ports form the ninth largest port complex in the world.
These record volumes in container movement have caused major bottlenecks in the national supply chain, the consequences of which have filled the White House with concern. In fact, those responsible for the port authorities of Los Angeles and Long Beach, terminals, transport companies, stevedores and the entire logistics port chain have got down to work. One of the first measures will involve the extension of the operating hours of the terminals. The 24/7 thus accelerates its start-up to stop the congestion of the ports. Something that from different sources is also beginning to be demanded for other ports in Europe and the rest of the world.
How does this affect us?
In all sorts of ways. “These two ports handle most of the cargo coming from China, so once congestion starts, it can quickly get worse”, says Janet Porter, chairman of the Lloyd’s List editorial board. “The entire shipping cycle has slowed down. So there are ships waiting days, even a couple of weeks to unload”, splains, and from that point, what you can see below in this infographic begins to happen:
Infographic source: BBC
Faced with this situation, and as we always tell you, from Grupo Raminatrans we will do everything possible to continue offering our best service, because in our DNA there is always the search for solutions and alternatives, we do not know how to do it otherwise.