PMSA: July Container Dwell Time Stable at LA, Long Beach Ports

Containerized cargo at the San Pedro Bay ports complex. File photo.

The amount of cargo lingering at the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports has remained steady over the last couple of months, according to data released Aug. 23 by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

The average time that a shipping container dwelled at the ports before leaving by truck was 3.2 days in July, slightly up from the 2.9-day average in June but nowhere near the 5.62 day-average from July 2022.

“An approximate 3-day average is within the normal range and is an indicator that the supply chain is operating smoothly,” PMSA said.

Meanwhile, the average dwell time for rail-bound cargo in July was 4.1 days, consistent with the four-day average from June, and far below the 16.4-day dwell time average from July 2022.

Last month, 10.2% of truck-bound cargo and 24% of rail-bound cargo stayed at terminals for an average of five or more days.

“The seamless facilitation of container movement through marine terminals, guaranteeing timely delivery of imported goods continues to be a top priority for terminal operators,” PMSA Vice President Michele Grubbs said.

By Karen Robes Meeks