Monthly Truck, Rail Dwell Times Drop at LA, Long Beach Ports

Drayage trucks queued at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal. File photo via POLA.

The amount of time that cargo dwelled at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports before leaving via truck or by rail was down in November compared to the previous month, according to data released Dec. 15 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

Truck-bound cargo lingered an average of 2.78 days at the ports in November, a normal dwell time range for truck-bound cargo, PMSA said. November’s number is down from the 3.21 day average in October, according to PMSA.

Meanwhile, rail-bound cargo stayed an average of 3.90 days at terminals, down from 5.14 days during October. Also, 6.4% of containers leaving by truck and 21.1% of rail-bound containers lingered for more than five days in November, according to the data.

“The truck and rail dwell time both saw decreases in November,” PMSA External Affairs Manager Natasha Villa said. “These are important figures indicating improved efficiencies at the terminals, which is critical during the holiday season.”

By Karen Robes Meeks