Monthly Cargo Dwell Times Improve at San Pedro Bay Ports

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

The average time that cargo containers lingered at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports in April improved from the same month last year, according to data released May 16 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

The average dwell time of containers that stayed at the nation’s busiest seaport complex before leaving by truck was 2.50 days last month, a slight improvement from the 2.59-day average in March, according to the data.

Meanwhile, the dwell time of cargo destined for rail showed larger improvements, with an average dwell time of 4.55 days last month compared to the 7.02-day average during March and the 6.26-day average in February.

“We’re pleased to see that the rail dwell time has experienced a significant decline during the month of April while the truck dwell time continues to remain low,” PMSA External Affairs Manager Natasha Villa said.

“These data points are important to understanding the operational efficiency within these segments of the supply chain,” she explained. “When dwell times are consistently low, it is a good indication that marine terminals and our carrier partners are operating efficiently.”

By Karen Robes Meeks