Dwell Time Up at San Pedro Bay Ports: Report

Cargo containers lingered a bit longer at San Pedro Bay terminals in May than they did the month before, according to data released Monday by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

Last month, the average dwell time for a container in San Pedro Bay was four days, longer than the 3.7 day-average from April, PMSA said.

The average dwell time for containers that waited at terminals beyond five days also rose in May, up 15.5% last month from 13.1% in April.

For cargo that left by rail, the dwell time improved slightly last month, with average time falling from 12.4 days in April to 10.5 days in May. That number, PMSA said, is still high for May.

“While container dwell time remains higher than what we would prefer to see, our terminal operators and dock workers continue handling higher than average volumes,” said Jessica Alvarenga, manager of government affairs for PMSA. “The supply chain-wide congestion caused by the uncertainties the pandemic brought have not hindered our terminals’ ability to handle our cargo.”

By Pacific Maritime