Dwell Time at San Pedro Bay Ports Steady for Trucks, Down for Rail, Data Show

Cargo containers at the Port of Los Angeles’ West Basin Container Terminal. Photo: POLA.

In October, the average length of time that cargo lingered at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports before leaving by train remained steady, while average rail-bound cargo dwell time fell, according to data released Nov. 20 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

The average dwell time for truck-bound cargo last month was 3.21 days, slightly up from the three-day average in September. However, the average dwell time for cargo leaving by rail fell from 6.54 days in September to 5.14 days in October, according to PMSA.

Last month, about 9.9% of local-bound cargo stayed for more than five days while 36% of cargo departing by rail lingered for more than five days, the data show.

“We’re pleased to see truck cargo dwell time has remained fairly steady,” PMSA External Affairs Manager Natasha Villa said. “Though rail dwell time remains elevated, there was a decrease compared to the previous month.”

By Karen Robes Meeks