May Dwell Times Up for Rail-Bound Cargo at LA, Long Beach Ports: PMSA

A Port of Los Angeles cargo terminal. Photo: POLA.

The average amount of time a container stays at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before it leaves by rail rose from April to May, according to data released June 18 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

Rail-bound cargo had average dwell times of 6.44 days in May, up from April’s average of 4.55 days. However, both April and May remain lower than March’s average of 7.02 days and lower the May 2021’s average of 7.61 days, according to PMSA data.

Meanwhile, the average dwell time for truck-bound cargo stayed steady from April to May, averaging about 2.47 days, about the same from April’s average of 2.5 days.

“There has been a trend of consistently low truck dwell times in the past year, when compared to the historical average of 3.46 days from 2016 to present, which indicates that cargo is moving efficiently during this stage of the supply chain,” the PMSA explained in a statement.

By Karen Robes Meeks